Originally Posted by AbsoluteDesignz
1) Apple doesn't own the idea of a touchscreen interface, so you lose that point (sidenote: when Apple mentions Schmidt stole anything or did some crazy board shit then bring it up otherwise you sound like a crazy conspiracy nut - a company realizing the future of computing and adapting it's model before release is not underhanded, it's fucking genius) Samsung got slammed because of it's outright copying in Touchwhiz, not because it used Android. HTC is being targeted for features that are rather stupid to anyone who doesn't gargle Apples...
2...still waiting for you to tell me what Android copied from iOS...aside from the general idea of a touch-based OS which is the stupidest accusation of copying that I could think of.
Instead of asking him how Android infringes iOS why don't you just go read the news headlines or one of the many other threads dedicated to this conversation? Since, you opened the can of worms. HTC was found to infringe Apple's 647 data syncing patent. Apple brought this over from the days of Mac OS. It is where the OS can recognize particular data (e.g. a phone number or date) and give you the option to perform tasks based on the data. When somebody sends you an email with a date, the OS understands the data and gives you the option to mark the date in the calendar. HTC has since worked around the patent, but it was found to infringe. All Android used or uses this patent. Microsoft has a license to use the patent.
There was also the swipe to unlock that HTC was found to unlock, which was common on all Android devices. That of course has been modified.
Motorola (as was Samsung) was just been found to infringe Apple's rubber band patent, which is or was a commonality in many Android devices.
Moreover, there are some of the ones Samsung was found to infringe that applies to all Android devices. For instance, on an iOS device when you tap on a web article you are reading the OS removes sidebars and centers the article. Not practiced before iOS, and Samsung was found to infringe. Again that had nothing to do with Touch Wiz.
Apple also has a patent on pinch to zoom, which Samsung was found to infringe. Google cautiously left that out of Android at first. Now it is there. The patent might seem obvious now, but not when Apple came out with it. The idea itself predates Apple, and Apple acquired the patents from Finger works.
I am not going to debate the merit of the patents, as these few examples are ones where Apple has won in Court. There are many waiting to be litigated yet.
Further, every Android manufacturer except Motorola is paying Microsoft hefty licensing fees. Motorola will be as well soon. Makes sense as a smartphone is nothing more than a small computer, and Microsoft has been making computer OSes for a long time. The only company making them longer is Apple (while maybe not only, if you consider HP, Texas Instruments, and IBM). Even though the same companies are offering to pay Apple a licensing fee, Apple isn't interested in licensing as is Microsoft.
Moreover, the other poster is right. Android changed almost over night after the iPhone was released. Further, it stunk that Google through Google's CEO sitting on Apple's board had access to early information. There is also Apple's 263 patent. This covers real time computer APIs that Apple has accused both Motorola and HTC of violating. This was invented by Apple years ago while Andy Rubin, Google's Android product manager, was an engineer at Apple working on the same team. Judge Posner (a famous judge) ruled Motorola did infringe the patent and that the patent was valid. He, however, dismissed the case because Apple couldn't prove damages. Posner then came out and said he didn't like software patents. Apple is now asserting that patent against HTC. Again, this patent applies to all Android
Edited by TBell - 9/14/12 at 7:09am