Originally Posted by jragosta
The difference, of course, is that the luxury car manufacturers do not have patents on their designs.
(Not to mention that the similarity between the Equus and LS is not all that great. Look at the rear ends of the cars).
Actually, the similarities between the examples provided is quite great... so I give him that... but it does say that Gatorguy firmly believes that Samsung did copy Apple, otherwise there's no need for these comparisons. (plus the fact, as you mentioned, there were any design patents in both auto cases)
So, then I have to ask... what are Gatorguy's objections if he admits that Samsung copied Apple. It seems to be based on some personal belief that because the car companies didn't sue then Apple has no right to sue... even though he admits that Samsung copied Apple. His personal belief is obviously not based on any legal expertise or knowledge of design patents, otherwise the German court wouldn't have granted an injunction.
I, like Gatorguy, also firmly believe that Samsung copied Apple but my reasons are based on the idea that Apple knows something that Samsung has done but can't prove... similar to the time that Hyundai landed a Toyota engineer that also brought a ton of documents with him on Toyota's quality control methods... but, fortunately for Toyota, they were able to prove that Hyundai was using the stolen documents and they were returned... some have said, though, that they were returned only after they were copied. This might explain why Hyundai had such improvement in their quality during and after those years.
So, unlike the Hyundai vs Toyota case, Apple knows something is rotten with Samsung and is now using the only available channel they can to put Samsung on its heels. Just my belief.