Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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RE[2]: Comment by kovacm
by henderson101 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 09:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kovacm"
henderson101
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2006-05-30

Not invent, implement. No one else implemented it in any practical way.

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RE[3]: Comment by kovacm
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 09:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Not invent, implement. No one else implemented it in any practical way.


Which is irrelevant to this case. My 1200 EUR Sony Bravia is, by every possible standard, a better implementation of the TV than the first television sets. However, this doesn't mean Sony gets to claim it invented the TV.

Invention is all that matters - all that should matter. There is not a single invention in the iPhone. It's all existing work. They did it well - but that still doesn't mean Apple invented it.

I find it fascinating how people have such a hard time understanding what "inventing" means.

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RE[4]: Comment by kovacm
by henderson101 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 09:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I find it fascinating how people have such a hard time understanding what "inventing" means.


Implement. Did I mention "invent"? The problem is, implementation *should* be key in all hardware patents.

If Apple created a phone form factor with a multitouch screen, then with in the next 2 years 50+ phones appeared with that style of interface - what conclusion should we draw?

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RE[4]: Comment by kovacm
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 10:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
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2011-05-12

The strange thing is I'm very much in to Apple stuff, like Apple related news sites, but nobody ever claims Apple "invented" the iPhone or any of its features. It's the Apple haters/Google lovers that for some reason say that Apple and its loyal band of supporters claim that Apple does this.

You're projecting all kinds of wrongness on Apple and then attack them on those points or use them to ridicule Apple.

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