Apple awarded $1.05b settlement with Samsung

Started Aug 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: just imagine

57even wrote:

Not the first touch screen phone

http://www.mobilegazette.com/o2-xda-guide-08x12x17.htm

If you want to patent looks and packaging, then every maker of a current hatchback car would sue each other.

It's not about the touchscreen itself, and never was. Also, cars can have hatchbacks, but they can still be very distinct. And they are. But as far as automobiles go, Ferrari has sued companies in the past that sell body kits that are designed to turn certain sports cars into faux Ferraris or cars that look very much like Ferraris even though the Ferrari logos or badges weren't used on these kits. It all depends on how far you go, and clearly Samsung went too far with their design copying. Samsung did it so blatantly and so explicitly, while documenting how they were doing it in their own internal documents that it was a foregone conclusion that they would have been found guilty. I just don't see that kind of blatant copying being done with "every maker of a current hatchback car". Not even close.

It would have been one thing is independent designers independently came to the same design elements organically, but the Samsung internal documents clearly show that this was definitely not the case. I guess the moral of the story is, if you're going to blatantly rip off another company's design, don't document it so explicitly in your company documents showing your intent to rip off the designs in so much detail! LOL.

I don't think the people commenting here have even bothered to look at the evidence, the documents, and the extent to which Samsung willfully, intently, and clearly copied so many elements of Apple design. It wasn't merely a case of "Hey, we have a touchscreen too!" or "Hey, we have a hatchback too!"

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