Apple's Argument: Samsung Could Have Made Its Phone Large, Thick, Bumpy, Sharp-Edged & Hexagonal

from the sounds-great dept

A few months ago, we noted that Samsung's new phones had rather odd designs... and the theory making the rounds was that, considering the ongoing worldwide fight it was in with Apple, it was trying to go out of its way to make the phones as un-Apple-like as possible. Of course, that resulted in ugly, weirdly shaped phones.

As you may (hopefully?) know, some of the patents in the fight are "design patents" rather than utility patents. When people talk about patents, they usually are referring to utility patents. Design patents are, in many ways, more similar to trademarks than to utility patents. But it creates odd situations where Apple gets to claim "ownership" of the concept of a rectangular device with rounded corners. It's also important to remember that design patents can't be for functional features, but only for design/appearance. That means that Apple has to insist that the basic design of the iPhone and iPad aren't functional at all.

As Matt Schruers highlights, that means that Apple is left in the awkward position of insisting that these basic concepts that are sort of obvious design choices to make such devices functional both aren't functional at all and that there are perfectly reasonable alternatives. For example, Apple's lawyers have suggested some "alternatives" in how Samsung could have designed its devices:
“front surfaces that are not rectangular, not flat, and without rounded corners; display screens that are more square than rectangular or not rectangular at all, display screens that are not centered on the front surface of the phone...”

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“overall shapes that are not rectangular with four flat sides or that do not have four rounded corners; front surfaces that are not completely flat or clear... and profiles that are not thin”.
So what would that mean? Schruers explains:
Of course. Surely consumers would happily hold a large, thick, bumpy, sharp-edged hexagonal thing up to their head. They’ll no doubt appreciate the different “ornamental” approach while reading through their opaque screen. No functional drawbacks there.

Does that even sound like an object you would willingly put in your pants? Having a device that is not an unwieldy weapon-like object is a functional feature, not an ornamental design choice. One is not going out on a limb in concluding that if the object design increases your likelihood of getting strip-searched at the airport, those are functional drawbacks, and foreclosing functional features is not the purpose of design protection.
Oh yeah, Schruers also includes this bit of prior art to emphasize his point:


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    silverscarcat (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:19am

    Obviously...

    Apple owes Gene Roddenberry's wife millions of dollars in back pay for not paying money on the idea they stole from Star Trek.

     

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    Jeff (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:23am

    They could really piss everybody off -- Make it round and red, and call it a blackberry!

     

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    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:25am

    Re: Obviously...

    Not too mention the millions they owe to the estate of Stanley Kubrick. Lest we forget the "tablet" like device shown in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    And as I've pointed out before, the iPad was not even the first tablet (bearing the now "traditional" tablet design) the year it came out. If memory serves me correctly, there were at least 2 others available on the market before the iPad was released.

    “front surfaces that are not rectangular, not flat, and without rounded corners; display screens that are more square than rectangular or not rectangular at all, display screens that are not centered on the front surface of the phone...”

    This basically describes every phone currently on the market. So what Apple wants is for everyone to develop an insanely odd and unwieldy phone. "How dare your screen be centered on the front surface of the phone!" Wtf. Seriously. And the sad part is there are people saying Apple is well within their rights to litigate such ridiculousness. Well, legally, they might be. But logically, such stupidity should be laughed out of court and someone should shoot the person at the patent office who gave Apple the patent on the "rectangular shape".with the

     

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    oPless, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:27am

    Wait what?

    The film 2001 A space odyssey had tablets way before most of us had 8 bit computers ... in 1968

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/

     

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    pahosler (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:28am

    Re: Obviously...

    second... although the Late Mrs. Roddenberry may prefer it go to the Roddenberry estate?

     

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    the other Jason, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:32am

    Square vs rectangle--let's do the math:

    Number of length to width ratios that produce a rectangle: infinite.

    Number of length to width ratios that produce a square: 1.

    Translation of Apple's statement:
    "Give us infinity, we'll let one of you have 1, and all the rest can stick it."

     

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    John Doe, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:35am

    Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    It is amazing the lengths Apple, or any company in their position, will go to in order to fight competition. They were once the market leader but now have run out of ideas and innovation. Their attempts to stop everyone else why they try to come up with the next big thing is just sad.

     

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    fogbugzd (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re: Obviously...

    Unfortunately the judge ruled that the Kubrick evidence could not be shown to the jury.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:38am

    Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    I have a secret for you: there are a lot of us who were never impressed with Apple to begin with.

     

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    Simon, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:46am

    Why Apple have gone all-in on the legal options

    Business Insider published an interesting take on where Apple's profits come from, and report nearly two thirds are down to the iPhone. http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-profit-2012-8

    It's a tough act to follow, and for Apple, nothing short of stunning sales for a new product line would be considered a failure.

    As smartphones reach commodity status it's increasingly hard to deliver new features that push new models to existing owners. This is exacerbated by the carriers trying to lengthen the upgrade cycle.

    Like so many large and successful companies before them, we now see Apple taking any measure they can to protect their cash cow, rather than innovating on to the next thing.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 7:58am

    Re: Re: Obviously...

    there were at least 2 others available on the market before the iPad was released

    Motion Computing M1200.
    http://pencomputing.com/frames/tpc_motion1200.html
    If it only had a touchscreen. Great tablet. Fully functional PC. Not some stripped locked no flash playing iPad POS.

     

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    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Wow. That sort of sucks. Was there a reason for why it couldn't be shown? If you know that is. If not I'll look it up later today.

     

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    Snipes, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:00am

    Tons of prior art

    How has no one brought the LG Prada into this yet? It looks more or less exactly like an Iphone and came out 6 months before it. By Apple's arguments this mean the only way Apple could have designed a phone that looks a lot like it, is to have copied LG's design.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Probably not real enough.

    Sound familiar?

     

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    The eejit (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:04am

    Re: Tons of prior art

    But that's could NEVER HAPPEN, because Apple are saints and never Xeroxed an idea before!

    Oh, wait...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:10am

    Note that rectangular shape and rounded corners are not a new design concept. Here is a rectangular slate style computer from 1983:

    http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=891&st=1

    And the Radio Shack TRS-80 from 1983 with both rectangular shape and rounded corners:

    http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=233

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:14am

    Apple are the biggest bunch of hypocrites going! they have and always will 'steal' from others designs, using their financial clout to win against an inferior sized company. when it goes the other way though, they are after companies like flies after shit to protect what they think is theirs. why not just shut the fuck up and let the consumer decide what they want to buy?

     

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    GSJohnson, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:14am

    Even Samsung admits it

    Even Samsung's own lawyers aren't trying to maintain that that the company didn't imitate the iPhone after they saw its huge success in the marketplace.

    They simply claim that Samsung didn't violate any patents in the process.

    Here's a visual aid for the confused:

    http://is.gd/sgwQiB

     

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    Bas Grasmayer (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:17am

    Not so fast, Samsung!

    I'm pretty sure most of the alternative designs are already patented by Dunder Mifflin / Sabre, the company in the show The Office (US).

    http://allthingsd.com/files/2011/12/triangle_tablet.png

     

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    Tim Griffiths (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:18am

    Form always has a function even if it's only in the abstract of what the form is or isn't. In this case I can only hope Samsung turns around and says "how can we efficiently show widescreen content on anything other than a rectangle?".

    What really bugs me about all this is I thought pattens existed to protect work that was not just obvious next step that many people where arriving at around the same time. A special leap in what is actually more the cause of a technological evolution than anything else. As the environment made high quality wide screen content (games or film or otherwise) something that you could run and store or stream to a small wireless device then it's obvious that the best design for that device is a large touch screen with minimal other form factor.

    You want the biggest screen space for the smallest form because it needs to fit in peoples pocket. Given that it is intended to go in peoples pockets you don't want sharp edges or forms that don't sit flush in the pocket. Wallets are relatively flat with out pointed corners made out of soft material for a reason.

    That is not a genius next step that needs protection it's the obvious result of producing phones best suited for the environment they are used in and the environment they are used for.

    It reminds me of the story of "who designed the cowboy hat". The hat developed out of the mass of random hats that people took to the gold rush. Out of all the hats some are better suited t the environment than others and become more prevalent and then over time a number of different people made changes to that design to produce the hat as we understand it.

    That cowboy hat or a hat very much like it would have appeared at that time for use by those people regardless of the individual hat makers. There was no massive leap that needed to be made from the hats of the time to a the kind of hat required, no massive change in hatmaking technology. It was simply "cowboy hat" time in a "cowboy hat" environment.

    As much as it may hurt people egos most scientific and as such technological development is inevitable and happens in a predefined patten. Given what we know, we have a given level of technology that makes sense to be produced from that understanding and that technology and understanding will prime an obvious next step in development.

    There is room for individual brilliance and leaps in understanding or technology may come early but they will come. Rewarding with pattens ideas and technology that are a leap rather than a step is an understandable way to try and promote faster technological advance as this is of benefit to a state in any number of ways. Yet if we allow people to tie up every little step we risk stalling everything and allowing states not hindered by a regard for these laws to get ahead.

    My point I guess is that there was no brilliant leap in the form of the iphone. It's arguably (I guess) one of the best implementations of a this set of design ideas and was very much the most popular one. It was the first phone to really open up this step, it was the right phone in the right place at the right time, but it wouldn't have taken that step if the market was not ready for it and it's clear from phone designs at the time that we were converging on this design anyway.

    Widescreen content was a thing before the Iphone. Technology that made it possible and piratical to store and use high quality wide screen content on small device existed before the Iphone. Portable media players were a thing before the Iphone. Convergent devices were a thing before the iphone. Touchscreen on phones was a thing before the iphone.

    In that environment what are the obvious outcomes of future phone design? Firstly high quality media would require a big screen. Given the costs and the fact it had to fit in a persons pocket you are pretty limited on the best size and shape for a screen IE about the size of the iphones screen (the S3, which I use, is pushing it for the use size of a phone screen). Now given that you don't want to make the phone any bigger or any wider than you have to given people have to carry it around and hold it to their ear then reducing the space that isn't taken up by screen is a obvious must. The best way around this is touch screen interface which is much more efficient in it's use of space. Now for the shape again you are trying to limit the form as much as you can, so you make it the shape of your screen and you round of the edges because THAT'S WHAT YOU DO WITH PHONES AND HAVE ALWAYS DONE WITH PHONES BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO POKE PEOPLE IN THE GOD DAMN LEG! (even a phone with the name "razor" was rounded!)

    So in a world where high quality media can be used on a small device, in which widescreen is a thing and phones are designed to be as small and slim as they can be (with rounded none poke based edges) and in which portal media players have a history... a phone that looks like the iphone is not only inevitable it's the only logical next step. Apple simply made that step better than the competitors at the game and their reward for that was getting to be the break out product for the next generation of phones... it should not bet getting to own the simple and obvious next step in phone design.

     

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    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:22am

    Re: Even Samsung admits it

    Actually, Samsung admits nothing. That is merely a picture and not actual proof or admission that they imitated something. I can present something saying that Apple copied/imitated someone else, doesn't make it so.

    I believe recently that Samsung has said if they copied anyone it was Sony, as they based their phone offerings on a Walkman design of one sort or another. (Internet is going a bit slow at the moment, so I can't even search to find the link without having to wait forever. I'll post a few later if someone doesn't do so before then.)

     

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    MattP, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:23am

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    And yet a square is still a rectangle.

     

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    GSJohnson, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:25am

    Even Samsung admits it

    Even Samsung's own lawyers aren't trying to maintain that that the company didn't imitate the iPhone after they saw its huge success in the marketplace.

    They simply claim that Samsung didn't violate any patents in the process.

    Here's a visual aid for the confused:

    http://is.gd/sgwQiB

     

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    GSJohnson, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:25am

    Even Samsung admits it

    Even Samsung's own lawyers aren't trying to maintain that that the company didn't imitate the iPhone after they saw its huge success in the marketplace.

    They simply claim that Samsung didn't violate any patents in the process.

    Here's a visual aid for the confused:

    http://is.gd/sgwQiB

     

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    llortamai, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:25am

    I don't see the problem with Apple's arguments

    Using non-Euclidean geometry, one could create a hyperbolic shape with rounded corners that would fit nicely in the hand. If Samsung wanted to use a rectangle, maybe they should have invented it. There are an infinite number of shapes in this universe. Why does Samsung have to copy the one that Apple came up with?

     

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    MrWilson, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Probably because the judge was afraid that the jury would be more interested in the slow paced movie than the slower paced, boring, and pointless lawsuit.

    "My god, it's full of greedy bastards!"

     

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    Keroberos (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    How about this as evidence of prior art? Front surfaces flat with rounded corners? Check. Rectangular display screen centered on the front flat surface? Double check. Overall shape rectangular with four flat sides and four rounded corners? Quadruple check. and lets see...the front surface is flat and the profile is thin. Not much left to that patent except the clear front surface. but I really don't think you can patent the physical properties of glass.

     

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    Keroberos (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:32am

    Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    True. Apple has never been innovative. Very good at taking the designs of others and making them allegedly better? Very good at that, but that's not innovation.

     

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    sImon, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:35am

    Samsung Phones Ugly

    At the moment samsung even with so called ugly phones are making phones that people like and want. Apply need to start upping their game if they want to keep up. More and more people find apple expensive and ponsy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:38am

    Re: Re:

    And a tap is a zero-length slide.

     

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    The MaskedAvenger, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:43am

    How about a 5000 year old tablet?

    Would this count for prior art?

    http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/writing/home_set.html

    This whole case is beyound Kafka or Adams in sillyness!

     

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    Tim Griffiths (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:45am

    Re: Tons of prior art

    http://www.dailytech.com/Judge+Blasts+Samsung+for+Leaking+Inadmissible+Evidence+to+Media/article2530 1.htm

    Samsung have pretty compelling evidence all of their own in the form of design documents that they had an Iphone looking designs before the Iphone... It was just submitted too late in the discovery process and the Judge won't let them use it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:47am

    can i point out that before the iphone all those phones were windows mobile or something else and after the iphone thay are all android smart phones. the pic lacks this context.

     

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    w1bmw (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:53am

    I see your Picard and raise you a Janice Rand

     

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    Tim Griffiths (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:53am

    Re: Even Samsung admits it

    Maybe you should help Apple out with being easily confused. They submitted a slide with an 2006 Samsung design on it as proof of how Samsung started to copy the Iphone after it came up in 2007.

    Samsung have been blocked form submitting evidence that shows they had these Iphone looking desigins before the Iphone because the Judge felt they submitted it to late in discovery.

    What's absurd about this is that if Samsung lose they are going to appeal with this evidence and will be able to make a hugely compelling case. Effectively making this trail a waste of time.

    This is why they leaked the stuff to the media, to make the Judge look silly. Which is likely more why she slammed them for it than them actually doing anything wrong (which they didn't) but leaking it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:54am

    Wouldn't flat screen televisions be prior art here?

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    Flip phones were designed around the Star Trek TOS, I guess Motorola stole the design and idea from Gene Rodenberry. Now look carefully at the tablet Steve Jobs is holding and then over at the picture of Captain Picard. See anything?

    Also, regarding the picture to Bill Gates holding the TABLET PC, that's a PC. Most PC's don't run on the ARM architecture that the modern TABLET uses. If it isn't PowerPC or any variant of x86....it's not a tablet.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:56am

    Re: Even Samsung admits it

    That visual aid isn't misleading at all.

    Samsung produces phones across the spectrum of designs.

    Here's a different visual aid for the confused:

    http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/Samsung_Before_iPhone.png

     

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    Tim Griffiths (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 8:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Why would she allow Kubrick in if she won't even allow Samsung to present the most compelling evidence they have for their case?

    http://www.dailytech.com/Judge+Blasts+Samsung+for+Leaking+Inadmissible+Evidence+to+Media/ar ticle25301.html

     

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    anon, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 9:06am

    Shapes

    So apple invented the rectangle , what about the shape of a loaf of bread or an a4 page or a photo or a fridge and a cooker and a... fleck , most products have at least one side with a rectangle and for Apple to say it is a patentable shape is just crazy.As with most manufacturers they all realized that a rectangular shape with rounded corners is the most aesthetic shape and are continuing to use that shape from all phones that have been developed ever. The screen fits into that shape and as screens need to be a rectangle to for widescreen format movies it is an obvious step. I do admit that a single button on the front is a little too far for Samsung to go, but then Apple has taken a lot of what was previously designed into phones and used it so i don't think Samsung should suffer.

     

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    llortamai, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 9:06am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...


    but I really don't think you can patent the physical properties of glass


    Why not? If it is part of Apple's design then it could have a design patent.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 9:21am

    Samsung's Design Change

    They altered their design in response to cheap touch screen technologies, not due to any design from Apple. A shift in the cost and acceptance of the technology forced an evolution to a new interfaces. That made the switch required to compete as a product. The fact that Apple popularized it doesn't alter the fact that they didn't *invent* it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 9:26am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    "If it isn't PowerPC or any variant of x86....it's not a tablet."

    If you look carefully at that TABLET Bill Gate is holding (let's not get into semantics, the average person would call it a tablet, not tablet pc) you'll notice it is running Windows XP. Now, for those who may be unaware, Windows runs on two architectures. x86 or x64. However, at the time of that photo, there was only one version that had a massive user base, and thus makes it rather obvious which architecture it was running, and that was x86.

    Thus, by your own quote above, in that Bill Gates pictures that very much IS a tablet.

     

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    Ed C., Aug 6th, 2012 @ 9:33am

    Re: I don't see the problem with Apple's arguments

    Because of the first principle of engineering: KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid! The simplest and by far the most obvious form for a rectangular screen would be a rectangle. The rounded corners and other design elements are largely the most obvious too, as they have been used before. I think design patents are BS, cheap dodge around the lack of copyright for functional designs, but patents are required to be NON-OBVIOUS. If Apple had gone with a design with more style, something less obvious, then they would have an argument if someone had used a similar design. But no, Apple had deliberately eschewed uniqueness for pure simplicity by merely following the most obvious design choices, and in doing so, should forgo any protections on the design. That was Apple's decision, they have to live with the consequences.

     

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    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 9:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    I should add, what you probably meant to say Wally is that if it runs on x86 architecture then that makes it a tablet pc.

    However, most tablets now have gone with ARM architecture in order to have longer battery life and have gone with mobile operating systems (like iOS, Android, etc). And that includes the new one soon to be released by Microsoft, which WILL run Windows 8 (which no longer has an x86 architecture requirement), and which will feature full desktop/laptop software (as well as the rather obvious desktop/laptop operating system). So to some, the Microsoft Surface will be a tablet pc and to others (as well as Microsoft) it will be a tablet.

    As I said though, let's not go into semantics. To the average person, a tablet is any slate like device. Period. A tablet pc would be considered to be something that is a laptop but has the ability for it's screen to swivel around and thus make itself into the more common slate like/tablet form. Something along the lines of HP's TouchSmart series.

     

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    Beta (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 9:46am

    correllation vs. causation

    Is it also part of the design that as the technology gets more advanced, the man holding it is to be progressively more handsome, talented and bald?

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 9:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    Windows 8 for ARM is completely incompatible with Windows x86/86-64. If it is a touchable swiveled screen attached to a normal laptop architecture and form factor, it is a TABLET PC. True tablets lack an attached keyboard using handwriting or touch screens to work.

    That isn't a symantec of society, it's according to compliances of ISO Standards.

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 10:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    Windows 8 for ARM is completely incompatible with Windows x86/86-64. If it is a touchable swiveled screen attached to a normal laptop architecture and form factor, it is a TABLET PC. True tablets lack an attached keyboard using handwriting or touch screens to work.

    Good to know my ASUS Transformer is a tablet pc then, as it has an attached keyboard (which can easily be detached,) even though it runs on the ARM processor (TEGRON 2.)

    It will be more helpful at explaining the differences between tablet pc and a tablet at parties. Of course, all of my tech minded friends will laugh at me, but I can tell them the knowledgeable Wally from the internet said it was so so it must be true.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 10:06am

    Re: Re: Even Samsung admits it

    Look at the Sony Walkman MP3 player....now look at the original iPod. Not arguing just agreeing. There are huge and obvious design differences between the two in the tactile and interface sense not one that's readily visible.


    Now I'm not here to defend either company. Samsung's lawyers suck. Apple is just sitting there shaking their heads in amazement. Almost every claim Samsung has made has been a defensive misdirection. They pointing out a "they stole Sony's mp3 player design" says a lot about how Samsung is trying to direct attention to themselves.

    So far, Apple has followed it's court orders. Apple showed their development process and revealed their "marketing strategy" which consists of press conferences, and has complied with court orders.

    Samsung begged Judge Koh over and over again on the "Steve Jobs Thermonuclear war against Android bit" to have it admissible.

    Anyone who has had someone in their lives with Pancreatic cancer would know how cranky and out of themselves the patient gets.

     

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    Keii (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 10:11am

    Didn't HP iPaqs feature rectangular design with rounded corners? I seem to remember owning one of those before the iPhone was even a thing.

     

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    TwilightFog, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 10:13am

    "Picard to enterprise...after the bankruptcy of an earth organization known as apple during star date 4553, their trolls/lawyers have resurfaced once again to claim patent infringement. Since money doesn't exist now, it looks like we owe them the enterprise..."

     

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    Lauriel (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 10:21am

    New Samsung Range of Phones

    Introducing the new, exciting range of Samsung phones: The Orange Series!!

    The Egg:

    This ergonomic, stylish phone is ovoid shaped, moulded to fit perfectly in the palm of you hand. Don't have egg on your face - have it in your hand!

    The Ninja:

    This stylish phone focuses on function and usability for the socially inclined ninja of today. Shaped like a ninja throwing star, you can now call your enemy to distract them, hit them between the eyes with the razor sharp edges, and then use your phone camera to take a photo for your scrapbook.

    The Penta:

    This classy phone is designed to mimic the most prestigious and commanding geometrical shape out there: The Pentagon. Think outside the square - buy a Pentagon.

    All models in the Orange Series are available in 4 trendy colours - orange, silver, pearl, and bla... err... obsidian.

    Why buy an Apple when you could have an Orange?

     

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    Wally, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 10:21am

    Re: Re: Even Samsung admits it

    Hey, that's an awesomely accurate chart....no joke, no trolling by me, I'm very sincere. The iPhone began development in 2005. Given the fact that Samsung manufactured the first iPhone. It is likely that Samsung was put to the task of making the prototype iPhone in 2006. Apple did what it had always done and make the prototypes within the year until the final design was unveiled in 2007. Samsung meanwhile did an Atari NES cart move (look up the Tengen Rabbit Chip) and reverse engineered it which by all means is copying a design.

     

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    Wally, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 10:27am

    Re: New Samsung Range of Phones

    "Why buy an Apple when you could have an Orange?"

    The Nokia N-Gage comes to mind.

     

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    Beta (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:11am

    Re: New Samsung Range of Phones

    I'm waiting for the technology to improve to the point where I can buy a Dali.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:11am

    Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    I wonder if this will lead to future prospective jurors being asked if they are fans of science fiction, just movie watchers in general, or perhaps just Amish that have been hiding under a rock all their lives.

    The last time I watched 2001 I had a good chuckle at the tablet they had on the Discovery.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:17am

    Silly fanboy nonsense.

    The microprocessor makes ZERO difference here. The only reason it is somewhat relevant in Microsoft's example is that they are historically VERY BAD at supporting anything but the x86. That doesn't mean that an x86 tablet isn't a drop in replacement for an ARM tablet.

    Your average end user would neither notice nor care.

    It's your proverbial "mahogany mouse trap" situation.

    I'm the last guy to say anything nice about Microsoft but they clearly beat Apple to the punch here. They were just completely unable to capitalize on it. They are perhaps the PARC of tablets.

    If I were running a different desktop OS, the processor would be of little concern.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:23am

    Re: Samsung's Design Change

    This nicely mirrors the availability of larger hard drives and MPEG2 acceleration chips in the late 90s that allowed devices like the Tivo to be viable as consumer products.

    As soon as MPEG2 acceleration became a consumer product, all manner of of PC software began to take advantage of it.

    Microsoft Surface is the perfect example of technology being available and visible but not quite ready for the consumer. It was expensive because cheap tech wasn't quite there yet.

     

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    llortamai, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:28am

    Re: Re: I don't see the problem with Apple's arguments

    So Samsung should be able to copy what Apple invented because Apple is stupid? Is that what I'm seeing here? I'm sure they'd like to hear that the business they've cultivated is stupid. What have you done?

     

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    slander (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:33am

    Re: Re: I don't see the problem with Apple's arguments

    Er, whoosh?

     

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    Howard A (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:40am

    book

    thankfully we do not have this issue with books, forks,loose leaf paper etc

     

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    BentFranklin (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:45am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 11:46am

    Re: Even Samsung admits it

    The upper left and lower left "After iPhone" devices are the most damning. Yould have to take a very close look at it to see the difference.

     

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    ladies and gentlefish, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 12:34pm

    Re: correllation vs. causation

    BALD! BALD! BALD!

    BALD! BALD! BALD!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 12:37pm

    Clearly spongebob squarepants should sue for publicity rights violations. iProducts are clrealty molded after his image.

     

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    JaseP, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 12:57pm

    Re: Even Samsung admits it

    They all look vaguely like a PalmTX.

     

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    MattP, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 1:04pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Technically yes, and I'm sure we'll see Apple suggest this in future disputed.

     

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    MattP, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    guh *disputes*

     

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    Bergman (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 1:13pm

    Re: Re: Obviously...

    Unfortunately that can't happen. It was a strict rule in all the contracts Gene Roddenberry signed, that he didn't want his inspirational view of the future to prevent that future from actually occurring.

    So quite a bit of the techno-babble and the names of equipment (tricorder, hypospray, etc), as well as the likenesses thereof are public domain, and always have been.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 1:37pm

    Didn't RCA invent the first screen

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 2:06pm

    Re: I see your Picard and raise you a Janice Rand

    I'll see your Janice Rand, and call with Samsung's Prior Art argument with Stanley Kubericek's "2001: A Space Odessey".


    http://www.examiner.com/article/defense-for-galaxy-tab-being-so-similar-to-apple-s-ipad-design -science-fiction

    This points out Samsung is using Strawman arguments to defend itself. It isn't the article I point to but the picture. Some of the pictures reveal that even those designs had at least 8 buttons.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    The tablet devices in 2001: A Space Odessey had 8 or so buttons on the bottom half and are proportionally more narow than the iPad. Samsung's main point of theier defensive rebuttle was that Apple stole the design. Hence it would be thrown out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 2:49pm

    I think the fact that rectangular shapes for viewing anything is well establish since medieval times.

    Portraits, displays are all rectangular in shape with the only thing different about them all being the frames that people used for ages.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 2:52pm

    Re: Obviously...

    Mrs. Roddenberry died, no more Enterprise computer voice.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 3:04pm

    Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    That is good because the Tricorder is about to become reality.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/453951341/sensordrone-the-6th-sense-of-your-smartpho neand-be

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/108684420/node-a-modular-handheld-powerhouse-of-sens ors

    Did people know they can attach IR sensors in a smartphone and use it as a control remote?

    Just download the control-remote-codes and send it with the IR or send it to an IR equipment that is wireless.

    http://gigaom.com/mobile/android-universal-remote-griffin-beacon-dijit/

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 3:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    The point is that "Prior Art" would not work because for Prior Art to work, it has to look EXACTLY the same and function EXACTLY the same way.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 6th, 2012 @ 3:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    "Unfortunately that can't happen."

    Fortunately it can't happen in other words.

     

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    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 4:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    I have no idea why you bothered to post any of that, because that seems to be a repeat of what I said.

    The semantic part, which you seemed to miss, was that tablets are slate like devices to the average consumer. By which I mean, iPad = tablet, Microsoft Surface = tablet, Galaxy Tab = tablet. All in the mind of the consumer.

    Laptop with a screen that can turn and lie over the keyboard part = tablet pc

    Unless you were confused and misunderstood my bit about the Microsoft Surface and the fact that it will run Windows 8. What you may have missed is that I said it's a tablet, but some people will consider it a tablet pc. Why? Because it's running what for the most part to the average consumer is a desktop OS. And as such, it will be able to use (tweaked) versions of desktop programs, notably Microsoft Office. Thus, it won't be JUST a tablet. It'll be a tablet pc in the mind of some because of what it has the potential to do.

    The semantics bit was slate like device = tablet. Honestly, I can't be any clearer in my explanations.

     

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    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 4:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Even Samsung admits it

    Actually, Apple hasn't complied with court orders. There was an article on quite a few sites about Apple sending out cease and desist letters to various big name retailers (like Best Buy, among others) telling them to stop selling Samsung Android products because they were blah blah blah. And this was during the whole Samsung Galaxy Nexus thing, were the ban was placed and then lifted. So they sent it after the ban was lifted. Doesn't seem to be in compliance to me. Although I'm not a lawyer, but doing so after a ban has been removed seems like a tsk tsk type move.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 4:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Thanks :D

     

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    DCX2, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 4:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    Flip phones were designed around the Star Trek TOS, I guess Motorola stole the design and idea from Gene Rodenberry.

    Do you see Motorola suing anyone for making flip phones?

     

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    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, Aug 6th, 2012 @ 4:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Actually, Wally, that is not at all what is required for Prior Art to work. AT ALL.

    A quick Google search for "prior art" WILL NOT yield anything saying "it has to look EXACTLY the same and function EXACTLY the same way". In fact, most of the links I've read from said search say that it merely be something that is relatively similar. So the whole 2001 tablet would in point of fact be considered prior art in regards to the iPad. The fact that it has 8 buttons is irrelevant.

    What is interesting is how you'll go out of your way to point out such a difference (the number of buttons) but not go out of your way to find out what does or does not constitute prior art.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 7th, 2012 @ 5:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Was there a reason for why it couldn't be shown?

    Well, because the jury didnt pay the copyright holder a shittonne of money to watch it, duhh...

     

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    martyburns (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 5:13am

    Re: Re: New Samsung Range of Phones

    No... I think that was a lemon..

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 5:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    "I have no idea why you bothered to post any of that, because that seems to be a repeat of what I said.

    The semantic part, which you seemed to miss, was that tablets are slate like devices to the average consumer. By which I mean, iPad = tablet, Microsoft Surface = tablet, Galaxy Tab = tablet. All in the mind of the consumer."

    You mean, but you didn't state clearly.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 5:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    My point is to show how week Samsung's defense is. It's like I said, the lawyers suck.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 5:35am

    Re: Silly fanboy nonsense.

    It makes a huge difference to the consumer once you reallize the difference in the interfaces in the ARM and x86 architectures are exactly the same in Windows 8. The average consumer will care when they have to buy an app twice to get slate tablet functionality in their programs.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 5:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    The issue is that people may end up having to buy two of the same App to get any work done on their tablets running Windows 8 ARM. I need to point out that the average consumer is alreading seeing how bad a train wreck that Windows 8 really is. For me, it's almost reminiscent of Microsoft Bob. They tried doing that again on an icon base like iOS or OSX. In fact, Windows 8 is reported to be more closed to developers than OSX.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 5:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple is so funny it is pathetic

    "The semantic part, which you seemed to miss, was that tablets are slate like devices to the average consumer. By which I mean, iPad = tablet, Microsoft Surface = tablet, Galaxy Tab = tablet. All in the mind of the consumer."

    That's not semantics. That's standards.

    I noticed you write very long, illegible statements when you're mad or trying to trap someone in their own argument. Just remember the KISS principle when you write please.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 6:06am

    Re: Silly fanboy nonsense.

    I fail to see how knowing the difference between ARM and x86 devices is being a fanboy. You're right, the processor of a desktop is of little concern. The thing is, each architectural family of processors are instructed to handle data differently. Therefore you have to program software to utilize the carious platforms you intend to utilize. Yould have to write separate software for MS Office on PowerPC, ARM, and x86 because each of those architectures/platforms handle data in different ways.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 6:30am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Smasung is still wrong with their Prior Art argument because it has to do with design concepts leaked to the public. Not only has Apple shown their prior art, Sansung hasn't been able to properly show the evolution of development for their current products dating back to 2001 as Apple had.

    "Prior art (also known as state of the art, which also has other meanings, or background art[1]), in most systems of patent law,[2] constitutes all information that has been made available to the public in any form before a given date that might be relevant to a patent's claims of originality. If an invention has been described in the prior art, a patent on that invention is not valid."

    As for the trade secret clause in where Apple kept it secret:

    "Information kept secret, for instance, as a trade secret, is not usually prior art, provided that employees and others with access to the information are under a non-disclosure obligation. With such an obligation, the information is typically not be regarded as prior art. Therefore, a patent may be granted on an invention, although someone else already knew of the invention. A person who used an invention in secret may in some jurisdictions be able to claim "prior user rights" and thereby gain the right to continue using the invention. As a special exception, earlier-filed and unpublished patent applications do qualify as prior art as of their filing date in certain circumstances."

    Now given that Apple assigned Samsun to MANUFACTURE THE PROTOTYPE iPhone, it would be reasonable to say that Samsung is subject to the trade secret clause. Samsung violated trade secret, and due to their demands of evidence from Apple, they've set themselves up for prior art violations as well.

    Needless to say, the fact that Apple has shown trade secret datimg back to 2001 on the iPad and iPhone shows trade secret. Samsung's stupid lawyers decided to demand that Apple show it's concept designs as proof. The fact that the designs in question date back to 2001, and Samsung's demands of seeing Apple's trade secrets, Samsung has inadvertently turned Apple's devices into prior art patents.

    I'm merely pointing out that Samsung has completely shot themselves in the foot because of it.

    Maybe we should all read up on Prior Art in the patent system ^_^ here's a link ^_^

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prior_art#_

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 6:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    Sorry all, here is the link in non mobile format

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prior_art

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 6:58am

    Warning....Troll bait ahead

    Google did not innovate the search engine. Nor did they invent it. They are just as evil as Apple now for improving the search engine concept. Google owns almost 80% of the search engine market share....oh no! a monopoly!!!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_search_engine

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 7:07am

    Re:

    The whole concept of prior art has to do with the development of the devices in question, not objects of similar shape or size.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 7:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Even Samsung admits it

    Youre just butt-hurt because Apple is getting its way in the court. You're arguements barely hold water and you try to take credit for things I've said. You hate Apple and Microsoft so much that you know hardly anything about them except for the evil's they have commited. You make your arguments are baseless and statements are so drawn out on purpose to make you actually think it hides your stupidity and how uninformed you are

    Come back to me when you have your head out of the sand and above your ass..

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 7:50am

    Re: Re: Even Samsung admits it

    It'a no wonder Samsung is doing terribly in this case. They get an order for Apple to show its design conceptsdating back to 2001 for the development of the iPhone and iPad showing prior art in Apple's favor. They repeatedly beg to have "evidence" showing that Apple stole design concepts from various popular Sci-fi movies. They insult the judge and then turn around expecting her to take their baseless evidence of which ALL judges must review the evidence before it is submitted as such. Yeah, Samsung is shooting themselves in the foot each time they talk. I'm wondering how any of Samsung's legal team ever passed the bar exam.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 8:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    "Did people know they can attach IR sensors in a smartphone and use it as a control remote?"

    Oh this brings me back :-)

    I had a Palm Tungsten e series that had an infrared sensor on it. There was a program that would read the signal coming from the remote control and you had to program the buttons a certain way, but it worked.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 9:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    "How about this as evidence of prior art?"

    Because those tablets therein were special effects. They were 16mm rear projections on beveled edges on the table and existed in several forms of animation special effects. They were not designed as a product of any kind for the public, just a glimpse into a futurist's vision of space travel.

    Prior art pertains to further development of a device. Kind of like a concept car.

     

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    Ed C,, Aug 7th, 2012 @ 9:27am

    Re: Re: Re: I don't see the problem with Apple's arguments

    Nope, just you apparently.

     

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    hegemon13, Aug 7th, 2012 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Warning....Troll bait ahead

    Last I checked, Google wasn't trying to sue every other search engine out of existence.

    Apple does innovate, when you look at the previous TechDirt articles about innovation vs. invention. However, they then seem to think that they own every variation of every tiny part of every innovation that they based on others' inventions. That's the problem.

     

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    Cynyr (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 6:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Obviously...

    fujitsu had a couple of tablet computers in the early 2000's as well. I remember passing them by when I bought my P2110.

     

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    Cynyr (profile), Aug 7th, 2012 @ 6:16pm

    Re: Even Samsung admits it

    but what about this visual aid? (stolen from above)

    http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/Samsung_Before_iPhone.png

     

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    Jamie, Nov 19th, 2012 @ 8:46am

    Apple made a ridiculous phone that is the same shape and thickness as the average slice of Spam. Spam has been around for year so should they sue Apple?

     

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    Jamie, Nov 19th, 2012 @ 8:46am

    Apple made a ridiculous phone that is the same shape and thickness as the average slice of Spam. Spam has been around for year so should they sue Apple?

     

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