Originally Posted by FjordPrefect
Pure crap. The Ozlolin? Never heard of it and neither has the internet, apparently. The Knight Ridder? It was never built or sold so customers can't really confuse it with an iPad since it's not a real product. And the TC1000? Well it was silver, had a keyboard and looked nothing like the iPad or the Galaxy. Apple's claim here is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab was designed to look like an existing product in the same category in which it competes. They're not suing Sony, whose tablet looks very different from Apple's. They're not suing Amazon, whose Kindle Fire features a different for factor altogether. They're suing Samsung who shamelessly steals designs and doesn't even think twice about it. Hell, wasn't there a post a while back about how Samsung was using iOS icons in their Tab series advertising? I mean, who's kidding who here? Well the Brits historically have hated Apple and I'm sure that judge probably grew up in that culture of bias, maybe he had an Acorn growing up? Who knows?
Have you never heard of 'memes' or collective consciousness?
Sometimes an idea or design (the same solution) is discovered by multiple unconnected people at the same time. When an idea is ready to be discovered, it's usually the result of an amalgam of other knowledge.
Because of the nature of technology (limitations of size, shape, capacity, function) - it's conceivable and predictable that technology will be 'similar'.
Now, i'm not saying that that is the case here. (My new favorite word is 'slavishly')
Apple didn't invent the rectangle, they didn't invent a flat surface or beveled corners or icons in a grid.
They did however, put them together in a way that was unique from the norm.
Does that mean they should be granted patents to basic design elements and obvious solutions?
For all you know, Ives and Jobs were inspired by the Knight Ridder.
So how do we reward Apple for their design and not stifle competition?
The problem is with the patent system and how it awards and rewards. This is truly where real innovation is desperately needed.
Reading this forum, you would believe that Apple should be granted a patent on 'innovation'.
I would say to those readers careful where you throw stones - Apple is infringing on hundreds of patents itself.
Samsung should not have been quite so slavish in their copying. They should have taken the design and greatly improved upon it.