Originally Posted by geekdad
that "look and feel" clearly was there before the first iPad was released. They weren't as thin or as powerful and they weren't designed by Apple. But the basic "look and feel" was around before the iPad.
Really? Prove it. Show another tablet that has the same experience as the iPad.
Go for it. Should be easy, right? After all, the iPad is full of obvious stuff!
Businesses copy each other all the time!
Uh, and ones that do get sued all the time too!
Go read the US Constitution. It's a surprisingly short document for setting up a government for a country. Make note of how many concepts are in it. There aren't that many, yet patents and intellectual property protections are there - prominently.
They are the foundation of innovation and success of the United States over the last 200+ years.
It is part of the free market system.
No, it's part of some weird pipe dream/alternate reality.
Can you imagine a world where any new product design could not be replicated?
Can you imagine a world where if you come up with an innovative idea or concept it wouldn't be worth taking a risk and laying out funds to develop it because you could be undermined at a moments notice by outright cloners?
We all would be driving a Ford. Ford could charge whatever they wanted for their product since there would be no competition allowed.
Huh? What the heck are you blathering on about? Plenty of alternatives to the Model T were produced - and there were cars before the model T. What people couldn't do is blatantly copy designs like the transmission of the Model T - they had to develop their own.
Look and feel patents should never be allowed.
Why? Just because you say so? You sound like the myopic arguers against copyright when it was first conceptualized. And yet it's clear (at least to those with rational reasoning capabilities) that copyright fostered an explosion of knowledge and creativity.
America would not be the country it is today without patents. As I pointed out in another thread, even China is beginning to understand the dangers of rampant copying and as their economy matures they are now starting to enforce copyright and patent protections.
You can't have a stable economy without the promise for being rewarded for your labor. It's the most fundamental of human requirements.
Apple did not invent the tablet look and feel remember?
Your absolutely right. However they did invent the iPad
look and feel. And they should be able to protect that.
Again, if it was so obvious to assemble the physical, software and conceptual design elements to create a device like the iPad - why was Apple first after everyone else had been already at it for over 10 years?
So if that kind of patent is allowed then we would not have an iPad.
... Sigh. Nevermind. Not even worth trying to explain.
The tablet was invented before Apple started making them.
Tablet yes, iPad no. Ugh.
Here, if you really want to increase your personal wisdom, check out a book like this:http://www.amazon.com/Founders-Const.../dp/0865973024
Start with the concepts of intellectual property and patents - Benjamin Franklin was a huge proponent and this book has several good writings from him and others on the subject. You might just learn something.
Then again it would take effort to actually try to expand your horizons - much easier to just spout off "feelings" in an Internet forum