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Company says it's unafraid of a lawsuit

It's hard to deny the similarities between the metal unibody Envy Spectre XT ultrathin from Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) and the Apple, Inc. (AAPL) MacBook Air.

The Spectre XT is the flagship model of HP's just-announced Envy ultrathin collection, whose roots trace back to acquired VoodooPC's Envy laptops, which first launched June 2008.  The VoodooPC envy was one of the first non-Apple ultrathins to hit the market, coming just months after Apple's Jan. 2008 MacBook Air launch.

The Voodoo Envy didn't look much like the MacBook Air, but it's hard to deny that HP's line has trended towards Apple's with each release since.  With the latest release the similarities were enough for HP's VP of industrial design Stacy Wolff to go on the defensive.  He told Engadget, "[The Spectre XT's looks are] not due to Apple but due to the way technologies developed.  It is not because those guys did it first.  It's just that's where the form factor is leading it."

He points to his design's rubber imbued bottom, slightly different keyboard, and brushed metal (as opposed to the MacBook Air's shiny metal) body as key differentiators.  He calls the ultrabook "Genuine HP".

Stacy Wolff
Stacy Wolff, HP [Image Source: Engadget]

The defensive commentary is a bit odd, but with Apple suing numerous companies [1][2] over alleged design violations, perhaps it's a legal-minded measure.  Mr. Wolff indicated the design received his lawyers' stamp of approval.

Source: Engadget



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Before Apple...
By bupkus on 5/10/2012 12:13:35 AM , Rating: 3
does anyone recall laptop manufacturers suing each other over one looking somewhat like another?
I sure don't.

What bs!

It's all about using that war chest money to intimidate competitors through threat and making examples of some.
They don't need to win a lawsuit, just cost competitors more in legal fees than they can afford. Other, smaller companies will see this and be afraid of a legal conflict. They may change their designs when they shouldn't. As long as the Apple logo is not on the item everyone will know it's not made by Apple. Lawsuits over similarities? What next, declarations by Apple that they invented the laptop?

Because I believe Apple is really FOS, I would NEVER buy one of their items even IF I wanted one. I'm not bitter because I really don't GAS. I'm quite happy with the desktops I build and the laptops I buy used for cheap. Can I afford an Apple product? I suppose I can but if I felt like throwing money away on something I don't really need I would buy myself a hot tub or a sauna or an 80" TV, or a surgical procedure for my Apple owning friend to remove Steve Job's ---- from his ass. ;)




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