Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Aug 2012 10:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In light of the jury verdict in Apple vs. Samsung, the one-liners and jokes flew back and forth. One in particular, by Dan Frakes, has been copied and pasted all over the web, and it goes like this: "When the iPhone debuted, it was widely criticized for having no buttons/keys. Now people think the iPhone's design is 'obvious'." This is a very common trend in this entire debate that saddens me to no end: the iPhone is being compared to simple feature phones, while in fact, it should be compared to its true predecessor: the PDA. PDAs have always done with few buttons.
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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by galvanash on Sun 26th Aug 2012 21:03 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
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What I do notice is the Apple haters/Google fans make up these kind of claims and then ridicule Apple and its customers.

I don't think there is anything wrong with taking hints from the competition. Apple showed the future and the competition took notice, nothing wrong with that.

What is wrong, IMO, when a company like Samsung copies everything, including stuff not related to the functioning of the device itself (like packaging, commercials, icons).

If this was purely a trade dress case... Well frankly I would still think it is stupid and pointless, but honestly I wouldn't care a whole lot. If the jury looked at all the evidence and found that Samsung largely copied Apple's trade dress - fine. Whatever.

Its the software patents that concern me, not the trade dress nonsense. If you only look at trade dress, Samsung is definitely the obvious target - few if any of the other phone makers skirted that close to the line. This would be the end of it - Apple won, case closed. Everyone would go on with their own thing.

But the patents! Everyone is affected by that. If this holds up Apple is not going to stop with Samsung...

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