Originally Posted by dasanman69
Look and feel does not equate experience.
Really? I guess we will see then, won't we.
Where you been? we live in that world now
Not for legitimate companies. Sure, there are thousands of small time cloners and copiers - but they are routinely squashed. Heck, try to buy a fake Prada bag in NYC these days - not nearly as easy as it used to be. And the copiers aren't getting squashed because the police are on the take either
So transmissions werent allowed to first shift into first gear and then into second gear, etc...
Sigh... just don't try to be clever or pedantic. It doesn't suit you.
There's a natural progression to technology, and Apple has shown what that is with two devices, the touchscreen smartphone and the tablet computer.
Again, if it's so natural and obvious - why was Apple - the latecomer
- the only successful vendor with tablets? And why do almost all tablets since look suspiciously like the iPad?
You keep claiming there is nothing special about the iPad but you can't answer this one simple question.
Think about that for a minute....
Imagine if you will if nobody was allowed to copy Philips' flat panel TVs
A flat panel TV is less complicated than the touchscreen in a tablet - let alone the rest of the component hardware or software that is in a tablet. Nice strawman.
Now, if someone copied Phillips power supply, method for backlighting the screen, remote control design, or even layout or arrangement of the menus (more copyright than patent but check the owners manual - copyrights and patents are both asserted) their butts would get sued by Phillips.
No-name chinese knockoffs can get away with it, but big, legitimate companies like Samsung are going to get sued. And they are getting sued. And it's not going very well for them overall, despite a few injunctions not being granted here and there.
If you want to move beyond the soundbites and make an actual informed opinion about the real merits of these cases, I highly suggest you look into a site like http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/
that does more in depth analysis than cherry picking sound bites from sites like AppleInsider or Engadget. You tend to look less foolish.