Originally Posted by tribalogical
When I first saw a Galaxy Tab from a distance, I thought for a moment it was an iPad… then immediately thought, oh, something's weird with that one (because it seemed longer, due to its 16:9 dimensions). Other than that, it and their nexus phone could both be mistaken for Apple products at a glance.
That kind of blatant copying of design and finishing style is now OK apparently……? "look-alike" products, not a problem, eh?
SO what's the point of a trademark, copyright or patent then?
the key word here is "from a distance". After examining the product, it was clear it was not an ipad. Did you really think it was an ipad because it looked identical to the ipad, or because the VAST majority of tablets that anyone will see anywhere are iPads. From a distance, all touch-screen tablets are going to have a similar design. There's a big screen that you touch, a headphone jack, a possible volume control button, and likely a button or two that have to be on the edge of the case (where else would you click it?) From the same distance, all cars of the same size can start to look the same. Look at the average dashboard of a car... The layout is very similar from one car to another .. . not because of blatant copying, but because people expect this to be the case. Of course, cars are much bigger, and have many more externally visible features than a tablet, so they will look less similar.
Seeing lawsuits like this, it is clear that apple wants the courts to crush all of their competition (if this design patent holds up, very few tablets will ever be allowed because from 15 feet away (especially when turned off), they're going to look identical (at least from the front). I'm sorry, but there's only so many ways to arrange a screen.
Despite the fact that I've loved the apple ecosystem in the past, apple's actions regarding their competitors, and their sheer arrogance as they've grown into the behomouth that they are make me hesitant to purchase more apple products. Sadly, the competition has failed to really offer compelling products, but hopefully that will start to change. It's not that different from the days when MS windows was your only option for a computer.