Source: de Rechtspraak (Dutch Appeals Court)
quote: No they didn't, but they were the first ones to bring one "to market" and able to produce enough to actually meet demand.
quote: Ah, true, but the Treo was the first to put it an OS and apps on a phone and also to put in a color LCD. Surely Apple copied Palm when they made the iPhone. All Apple added to that was a multitouch LCD and UI.
quote: Finally, in January of 1977, we were able to hire Bill Gibson, who not only knew what to do to get the company off the ground, but how to do it. He had already been through the process once (Tennecomp). It was Bill who made the deal with Siemens, who would back us in the development of a curved glass sensor.From then on, things seemed to look up. For the first time I felt the company would make it. It was so long in coming but at last we were not only selling a better product-we were actually making money! It wasn't overnight-it took time to make the dot pattern out of the right material for the new product to work the way they wanted. Bill (Colwell) and Sam spent many more nights and weekends in our basement trying this and that material, patiently waiting for it to cure and then measuring each dot to make sure it was exactly the right diameter and height and the spacing was right. I'm glad they did, as it resulted in the technology that so many of our competitors have tried to "borrow".
quote: Obviously the iPhone (which rendered all existing smart phones obsolete on it's launch) and the iPad (which created with a single product a new large tablet market) were both imitated. That was inevitable. But Apple seems to have been determined to try to deter the more blatant copying and cloning and that way is trying to do so is by wide spread attritional legal action. In the long run it cannot completely stop people imitating the look and feel of the iPhone, the iPad or iOS but it can make it more difficult, more fraught and more uncertain. If Apple can win enough legal engagements then it helps ensure that its products can compete based upon the companies core strategy which is one of product differentiation.
quote: Apple consider, with some justification, that back in the bad old 1990s when the company was being run by bozos that one aspect of the weakness of Apple's strategic conduct was it's failure to defend its IP . This meant, Apple's believes, that it's IP strategy back then was weak and ineffectual and that some aspects of what Apple created was copied and used to compete against it.