Side-by-side iPhone, Galaxy S comparison revealed in internal Samsung 'evaluation report'

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  • Reply 381 of 407
    muppetrymuppetry Posts: 3,331member
    macrulez wrote: »
    muppetry wrote: »
    Fair enough - I agree that those types of comparison almost certainly take place at all these companies. I guess here I'm swayed by the fact that Samsung did produce something that looks far to much like an iPhone (IMO). In contrast, Apple don't often seem to come up with products that look like copies of something.
    ...unless you're a fan of Dieter Rams. ;)

    I see some similarities between Samsung and Apple products myself, but the key question is to what degree do they violate patents, and to what degree are those patents valid?

    So far in the various jurisdictions where this "thermonuclear war" has been played out, the results have been mixed.  Sometimes Apple can get sanctions against products, other times they're required by the court to publish statements on their web site and leading newspapers telling the world that Samsung doesn't copy them, and once in a while the court questions the very legitimacy of those patents.

    This is sticky business, rather complex stuff, as the widely mixed results have shown.  Those who think it's simple clearly haven't been reading other news sites.

    Personally, I don't think much will come of it either way. 

    If Apple prevails they'll probably get a few billion from Samsung at most, Samsung will amortize it across a couple quarters, and with the infringing products long gone from the shelves anyway it all goes back to business as usual (which right now doesn't look bad for either Samsung or Android, nor even Apple; lots of growth potential in the market for everyone).

    If Samsung prevails they may get some portion of their court costs paid by Apple, but having moved on to other designs anyway they'll probably just keep making those sorts of products and all this will be forgotten about within a couple years (well, at least in the outside world; here in the AI forums I suspect they'll be plenty of griping about such an outcome long after the outside world has forgotten about it).

    The bigger question for those of us who hold Apple stock and have been buying dozens of Apple products over the years is what the long-term effect will be on the brand.  A lot of internal info has come out of this trial, and while there's nothing all that radical these things have a way of cropping up, a subtle tainting of the "magic", not to mention the challenge of a company who's come this far on an underdog marketing strategy now finding itself the biggest, baddest corporation in the world.  When you go from underdog to top dog people view you differently, sometimes even customers, esp. the segment to whom the "Think Different" campaign appealed.  This leaves an opening for some new brand....

    Much change is afoot over the next couple years.  It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

    FWIW, I'm still holding my AAPL for now.

    I'm inclined to think that monetary damages were never Apple's main goal, but rather they seek to deter Samsung and others from following this path in the future. If that is their goal, then I would say they are succeeding, even with the mixed results of their legal actions.
  • Reply 382 of 407
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,284member

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    Originally Posted by muppetry View Post





    I still think the generality of this design patent issue is being overplayed. If you look at those line drawings, what do you see? I see an iPhone. It looks like an iPhone. It doesn't look like most of the other rounded rectangular phones out there, except some of Samsung's, who rather too exactly copied the look and then went on to copy the icons and the layout etc.


    The dotted-line drawings don't matter to the protected elements in the patent claims. I'm sure that's what Apple wants you and others to see in the dotted line drawings... an iPhone. But that's not what they're claiming for the usage, nor what they're limiting it to as they plainly state in their description. If Apple's intent was to protect only their iPhone design they wouldn't mention other device type examples nor claim ownership of it no matter the scale would they?


     


    .Those accompanying dotted-line drawings were simply serving as an example of a possible use and do not affect or limit the patent in any way. The patent as granted can apply to any number of possible devices in any type of use or any size. Whether they use it against devices that do not look like an iPhone is their choice, but it's certainly possible they would be successful as long as the display area alone resembles the patented features. Apple put no limits on the usage, and the patent office accepted that.


     


    It doesn't affect Samsung's guilt or innocence in the big picture as far as I'm concerned. They are guilty of trade dress infringement in my opinion. Even a couple of the icons are taken from iOS. These two design patents are a different story and I won't be at all surprised to see one or both of them found to be invalid by the time the case is over.

  • Reply 383 of 407
    muppetrymuppetry Posts: 3,331member
    macrulez wrote: »
    If you were as quick to do diligent research as you are to postulate on how others must, or do, run their business, you would find that Apple sells only aggregate data to advertisers  -- [SIZE=16px]no information about [/SIZE][SIZE=16px]specific customers.[/SIZE]
    Forgive me if I missed something, but I don't recall the post you made which provided a URL to a reasonable source explaining how Google sells information about specific customers to their advertisers.

    Whatever other objectionable practices they have engaged in, Google clearly claims that they don't sell or share personal information with 3rd parties, but that they do share information across their own services. I've not seen any definite evidence that they have broken that policy, despite the common belief that they have.
  • Reply 384 of 407
    muppetrymuppetry Posts: 3,331member
    gatorguy wrote: »
    muppetry wrote: »
    I still think the generality of this design patent issue is being overplayed. If you look at those line drawings, what do you see? I see an iPhone. It looks like an iPhone. It doesn't look like most of the other rounded rectangular phones out there, except some of Samsung's, who rather too exactly copied the look and then went on to copy the icons and the layout etc.
    I'm sure that's what Apple wants you and others to see in the dotted line drawings... an iPhone. But that's not what they're claiming for the usage, nor what they're limiting it to as they plainly state in their description. If Apple's intent was to protect only their iPhone design they wouldn't mention other device type examples nor claim ownership of it no matter the scale would they?

    .Those accompanying dotted-line drawings were simply serving as an example of a possible use and do not affect or limit the patent in any way. The patent as granted can apply to any number of possible devices in any type of use or any size. Whether they use it against devices that do not look like an iPhone is their choice, but it's certainly possible they would be successful as long as the display area alone resembles the patented features. Apple put no limits on the usage, and the patent office accepted that.

    Look - I understand your argument, but I really think the discussion needs to be tabled until they try to assert these patents against other devices. I don't see how fretting about possibly unreasonable future actions has any bearing on the current, quite reasonable action.
  • Reply 385 of 407
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,284member

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    Look - I understand your argument, but I really think the discussion needs to be tabled until they try to assert these patents against other devices. I don't see how fretting about possibly unreasonable future actions has any bearing on the current, quite reasonable action.


    I'll agree with that.

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    macrulezmacrulez Posts: 2,455member


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    muppetrymuppetry Posts: 3,331member
    macrulez wrote: »
    muppetry wrote: »
    Whatever other objectionable practices they have engaged in, Google clearly claims that they don't sell or share personal information with 3rd parties, but that they do share information across their own services. I've not seen any definite evidence that they have broken that policy, despite the common belief that they have.
    It's helpful to find that we agree there's no evidence that Google sells information about specific individuals to any advertiser, and in that regard, selling only aggregate data, their model is very similar to Apple's and pretty much every other ad network.

    But here you raise an entirely different issue, which prompts a different question: Are Apple's services so disjointed that you can't use a single Apple ID across multiple Apple services?

    The only issue I've had with Apple services is that I've ended up with two Apple IDs. Not disastrous, but more complex than it could be, even though I understand the reasons given for not being able to combine them. Does Apple really have multiple services anyway? I guess they have iCloud and iTunes.
  • Reply 389 of 407
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    macrulez wrote: »

    No doubt this is motivated by exactly the reasons Steve Jobs described, and it's not about money. The question is whether this is in their long-term interest to pursue quite so publicly.

    Sure, that seems like a silly question, but think about it:

    Before this "thermonuclear war" was launched, Apple had a much larger share in smartphones and Samsung was barely a player.  Now that Apple has positioned Samsung as the company to beat, folks are looking at Samsung products with more interest than ever before.   Apple spent $1.1 billion marketing iOS devices, and with their investment in these trials part of that has served only to portray Samsung as having products that are so good they represent a significant threat to even the largest company on earth.

    This intricacies of patent law are unknown to most people, and a growing number of both professional and lay press are questioning the value of whether we should allow many of these types of patents at all. Any outcome from these trials will be lost on most consumers.  All they know is that Apple has spent a lot of money delivering the message, "Samsung! Samsung! Samsung", turning Samsung into a household brand.

    Apple is now king of the hill, and they've positioned Samsung as a worthy underdog.

    This is not simple stuff, and especially tricky at this point in Apple's transition.

    This thing with Samsung is not the stupid "themonuclear war," as I understand it. That is against Android, starting with HTC, I believe. (I really wish Jobs hadn't used that phrase, or that Isaacson hadn't repeated it, though I suppose he was just being a reporter.)

    Anyway, Apple HAD to pursue a suit against Samsung, in order to defend the design patents, no matter what their validity. As muppetry says, it's about forestalling a wretched tidal wave of copycats if they don't show how tough they're going to be with the first one to come along, Samsung. If they did the same with some poor little rip-off company down the line, it really would cost them some sympathy among underdog bleeding-heart types. And their patent would be less defendable, if they had overlooked big bad Samsung.

    Can you wrap your mind around this logic?
  • Reply 390 of 407
    muppetry wrote: »
    In which case it would be much harder to prove infringement on that alone. I haven't been following the tablet issue closely - is the alleged design infringement Apple's entire case?

    honestly I haven't been too gun ho (or is in gung ho?) on this in months but I believe it was that plus the other trade dress infringements (of which Samsung is guilty even to a blind man)

    My favored outcome to this case is all design related issues in Apple's favor, forcing Samsung to make much needed changes to their UI/UX, and the tablet issue and any other minimalistic rectangles that aren't in fact in close proximity to Apple's finished products thrown away.

    I don't like Samsung and hate that they had the last two Nexus devices. I hope the 5 Nexuses rumor rings true so my next phone isn't a Samsung. If they lose this case and change their ways maybe they can change my mind, but until then, **** Samsung.
  • Reply 391 of 407


    Here ya' go...


     


     


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    Yes... It does have a touch interface...

  • Reply 392 of 407
    Rule #1 of the Nude Olympics....

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    nikon133nikon133 Posts: 2,600member
    drblank wrote: »
    Mac OS was introduced in 1984 and Windows was introduced MUCH LATER.  Yeah, Apple took Xerox's design, but they paid them money and hired the engineer that developed it.

    So Apple didn't invent GUI, but improve it.
    IPad came first and these little Android wannbes came second.

    But ProGear (with Linux) and various Windows tablets came before. Again nowhere sleek and polished as iPad... but that is another thing Apple improved, rather than invented.
    IPhone was first with the touch screen interface that Android phones are copying.

    There were touch screen phones before iPhone. Like Nokia 7710 from 2004. Another great improvement by Apple, but not invention.
  • Reply 394 of 407
    Here ya' go...


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    Yes... It does have a touch interface...
    I have always been fond of stereo!

    Will bumper cases be available!

    Your holding it wrong!
  • Reply 395 of 407
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MacRulez View Post


    Before this "thermonuclear war" was launched, Apple had a much larger share in smartphones and Samsung was barely a player.  Now that Apple has positioned Samsung as the company to beat, folks are looking at Samsung products with more interest than ever before.



     


    In the handset market Samsung overtook other established players around ten years ago, (Motorola, Sony Ericsson etc) to sit firmly in number two behind Nokia, they have been number one handset vendor in the US for at least 5 or 6 years.


     


    In much the same way as a stock car they drafted behind Apple's success to come out and first overtake Nokia as number one handset vendor and Apple as number one smartphone vendor.


     


    Samsung have always been one of the biggest handset vendors, as the line blurred between "feature" phones to Android based "smartphones" their market share has increased there as well.

  • Reply 396 of 407
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    nikon133 wrote: »
    There were touch screen phones before iPhone. Like Nokia 7710 from 2004. Another great improvement by Apple, but not invention.

    If Apple had claimed to have invented the touch screen phone, you might have a point. But Apple never claimed that. Nor, as near as I can tell, did anyone else.
  • Reply 397 of 407

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    No more than Apple is saying that they have the patent on rectangle phones with touch screens.


     


    Yes, that is what I'm suggesting.


     


    This trial and Steve Jobs pure hatred of Android and Google is all well documented.


     


    There is no way you can compare the pure beauty of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4S.


     


    They are nothing alike in look, OS, or features.


    Samsung has taken every product to the next level and Apple is still in 2007 as their rudementary Map application shows.


     


    Give the customer the minimum to maximize profits is running a bit thin with Apple these days.  Their sales numbers are showing it.


     


    Apple slips, Android big winner in China during Q2


    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57486377-94/apple-slips-android-big-winner-in-china-during-q2/



    If you're trying to troll, you're doing very badly at it. I estimate your age to be around 15 years old.


     


    That aside;


    Since when did the Galaxy S3 matter in this case? And since when was it considered "beautiful" when almost everyone in the Android community hates it or does not consider it as good as the S2 or S?

  • Reply 398 of 407
    nealgnealg Posts: 132member

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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Seems we need these again:


     


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    The first argument was that Samsung didn't copy Apple. From the chart, any reasonable person who disagrees with that statement is not being honest and should not be taken seriously. The next argument is that Apple shouldn't be allowed to patent rectangles with rounded edges. As your chart points out, Apple is more than just protecting a rectangle with rounded edges.


     


    The real question for Samsung and this trial is whether Apple's patents are valid and did Samsung copy any of the ideas in valid patents. Samsung is saying the patents should be nullified by claiming all this prior art. My take on what I have read is that a good part of what Samsung is claiming seems bogus and they are trying to conjure something together that makes sense to a jury. For Samsung to win IMO, they have to confuse the court and jury with misdirection. The chart you posted makes it pretty obvious what went on at Samsung. Question is what will this look like in the courtroom without all this extra media coverage that we are looking at.

  • Reply 399 of 407
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    nealg wrote: »
    The first argument was that Samsung didn't copy Apple. From the chart, any reasonable person who disagrees with that statement is not being honest and should not be taken seriously. The next argument is that Apple shouldn't be allowed to patent rectangles with rounded edges. As your chart points out, Apple is more than just protecting a rectangle with rounded edges.

    The real question for Samsung and this trial is whether Apple's patents are valid and did Samsung copy any of the ideas in valid patents. Samsung is saying the patents should be nullified by claiming all this prior art. My take on what I have read is that a good part of what Samsung is claiming seems bogus and they are trying to conjure something together that makes sense to a jury. For Samsung to win IMO, they have to confuse the court and jury with misdirection. The chart you posted makes it pretty obvious what went on at Samsung. Question is what will this look like in the courtroom without all this extra media coverage that we are looking at.

    If that's the goal, Samsung is going about it badly. They keep bringing up the F700 - yet Apple cited the F700 in their patent application. Since it was cited in the application, the patent office examiner had access to it and it is VERY difficult (if not impossible) to use it as prior art.
  • Reply 400 of 407
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,284member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post





    If that's the goal, Samsung is going about it badly. They keep bringing up the F700 - yet Apple cited the F700 in their patent application. Since it was cited in the application, the patent office examiner had access to it and it is VERY difficult (if not impossible) to use it as prior art.


    ... and just what is "prior art" and how does it affect patent applications or claims you might ask? (or should as it's likely no one in this thread really understands).


     


    So here it is, clear as mud.


     


    http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2010/10/02/what-is-prior-art/id=12677/

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