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mystikkman writes "In the latest patent suit to hit the smartphone industry, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging the Galaxy line of phones and tablets infringe on a number of Apple's patents. 'Samsung's Galaxy Tab computer tablet also slavishly copies a combination of several elements of the Apple Product Configuration Trade Dress,' Apple says in its suit, noting that Samsung's tablet, like Apple's, uses a similar rectangular design with rounded corners, similar black border and array of icons. Apple previously sued HTC over Android. If Samsung is found to be infringing on the software, all the Android OEMs could be vulnerable."
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Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets

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  • by Nemyst (1383049) on Monday April 18, 2011 @05:26PM (#35860568) Homepage

    It's got rounded corners, it's black, it's rectangular, and it's a tablet.

    Beat that, Apple.

  • Re:Again? (Score:4, Funny)

    by demonbug (309515) on Monday April 18, 2011 @05:37PM (#35860756) Journal

    That may be, but to ensure my tablet is not subject to a rounded corners suit, I'll design it with razor edges.
    -nB

    You'll just be opening yourself up to a lawsuit from Motorola.

  • here's one (Score:5, Funny)

    by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Monday April 18, 2011 @05:56PM (#35861012) Homepage Journal

    I can't think of any other natural shape for a tablet to be honest...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30580398@N03/4768040515/ [flickr.com]

  • by Belial6 (794905) on Monday April 18, 2011 @05:56PM (#35861016)
    No kidding. I'm still trying to figure out how MS missed the obviously intuitive UI element of using the trash can for eject.
  • by Anubis IV (1279820) on Monday April 18, 2011 @06:15PM (#35861200)

    Yeah, I'm sure that's the only similarity [counternotions.com], as opposed to a choice quote pulled by the summary from an article which pulled it from a court document which it failed to link. Clearly, most of the phones these days were independently conceived, which is why Apple entered a market that was already filled with innovative designs when the iPhone debuted in 2007, of which it is merely one among many now.

    Oh, wait.

    Now that I've paid my dues as an Apple fanboy, let me step back for a sec and be more reasonable, because as much as I like Apple, I love comprehensively well designed products better, regardless of where they come from or whose logo is on them. Here's what I really think about it all:
    1) There should be protections for inventions and new ideas, allowing the originators to profit from them for a time.
    2) Apple came up with something new and disruptive when the iPhone debuted, and again when the iPad debuted.
    3) While Apple does deserve to make a profit, they don't deserve a free ride. There still needs to be competition when you have technologies that so thoroughly disrupt an industry, otherwise you run the risk of them dominating and stagnating, which is bad for everyone.
    4) Allowing blatant rip offs defeats the purpose of #1 and isn't conducive to encouraging innovation. It discourages it by sending the wrong message.

    So, basically...I dunno. The summary doesn't link to any primary sources, such as the court documents where your quote was pulled from, so I can't make any judgment calls about the merit of the case as a whole, nor should anyone else. If their case rests on arguments that flimsy however, then it's just another frivolous lawsuit in a long list of frivolous lawsuits from the companies involved in all of this fracas. If they have a stronger case than that, then I might be willing to support it, but I find it doubtful.

    Still though, you can't help but feel a twinge when you see where phones were in 2006 and 2007, see where they are now, see when the change happened and what form it took, and know that the group responsible for the change is supposed to take it well or else get lambasted by people the world over as bullying. I know I'd be angry if I came up with a design that impacted an industry as much as the iPhone did, only to have every product in the industry look like what I had come up with just a year or two later. And since people are so prone to forget, you'll hear them saying, "Well, duh. That's obvious. How else would it be?" when talking about innovation after it happens, completely forgetting that a mere 3-4 years prior there was no product that resembled what every product looks like today.

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