quote: Apple Seeks Court-Enforced Smart Phone and Tablet Monopoly
quote: "Apple claims that it owns sole rights internationally to make a rectangular glass multi-touch tablet with a "minimalist" design"^ Does anyone else find this statement absurd? Since when is that something you can have the sole rights to?
quote: Before Apple’s introduction of the first iPhone product, no other company was offering a phone with these features. Prior mobile phones were often bulkier and contained physical keypads. Some had a rocker-style navigation button and sets of buttons for numbers and calling features. Others had a front panel with a partial or full QWERTY keyboard and a screen. None had the clean lines of the iPhone, which immediately caused it to stand apart from the competition.
quote: If you read their whole complaint, they spend a lot of time basically congratulating themselves on the work they did, and what they accomplished. Their point? Because of all that work, they deserve some consideration in their claims of copying. They are setting the stage for why Samsung's copycatting is so harmful to them.Personally, I think it is crap, but at the same time, it is pretty obvious Samsung has been trying to make Apple-like products, and succeeding. Their boxes are very similar, and (some of) their phones look like Samsung versions of iPhones. It's not like it was an accident that their "minimalist" design is a lot like Apple's. That said, I just don't think Apple deserves any protection for the look of their device. The Apple logo, maybe, but that's about it.
quote: Not seeing the word "minimalist" in quotes that you have attributed to Apple...
quote: "The court is of the opinion that Apple’s minimalistic design isn’t the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible. For the informed customer there remains the predominant overall impression that the device looks."