Apple awarded $1.05b settlement with Samsung

Started Aug 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
57even Forum Pro • Posts: 12,021
Re: Apples legal action was thrown out of court in the UK

jfelbab wrote:

57even wrote:

Laurentiu Todie wrote:

Apple traded shares for a Xerox license, hired some of PARC's scientists, promised to not compete with floor computer models and designed the GUI for personal computers.

Only after they tried to sue.

Ignorance is bliss.

Well you would know. I was there at the time.

Is it possible that your memory may be fading. I was in IT at a Fortune 50 company at the time and recall this timeline. I had a Star in my office for evaluation, BTW.

Here is the timeline as has been related several times in the media. This following extracted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PARC_ (company)#Adoption_by_Apple

The first successful commercial GUI product was the Apple Macintosh, which was heavily inspired by PARC's work; Xerox was allowed to buy pre-IPO stock from Apple, in exchange for engineer visits and an understanding that Apple would create a GUI product.

Much later, in the midst of the 1988–1994 Apple v. Microsoft lawsuit, in which Apple accused Microsoft of violating its copyright by appropriating the use of the "look and feel" of the Apple Macintosh GUI, Xerox also sued Apple on similar grounds. The Xerox lawsuit was dismissed because the presiding judge dismissed most of Xerox's complaints as being inappropriate for a variety of legal reasons.

Without addressing the patent infringement of the GUI.

However Apples case against MS was subsequently dismissed as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_v._Microsoft

However, Apple's designs included quite a few concepts that were not part of (or were non-trivial advances to) the prototype developed at PARC. For example:

The mouse was not invented at PARC, but by Douglas Engelbart in 1963, Apple's mouse was an improvement on PARC's version.

But it was still a "mouse". The MS version was different again. No infringement was upheld.

Unlike the Macintosh, PARC's prototype was incapable of any direct manipulation of widgets.

Unlike the Macintosh, PARC's prototype did not feature Menu bars, or pull-down menu, nor the trash.

Only the trash was deemed an infringment.

Unlike the Macintosh, PARC's windows could not overlap each other.

Which still didn't count against MS who also had overlapping windows.

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