quote: "At the end of the day much of Apple's design claims boil down to its assertion that it "owns" exclusive rights to produce rectangular tablets/smartphones with rounded edges." ^outright lie.
quote: Now looking at apple’s patent 677 filed in Nov. 2008. It’s for an electronic device with a rectangular shape, rounded edges and a flat, transparent surface with black color, and rectangular display centered on the face. A lozenge-shaped button on the top. Now looking at Apple’s 087 patent, filed in July 2007. It discloses a similar design to the 677 patent but adds the bezel around the phone. Sherman says all three patents show a rectangular phone, with rounded edges, a bezel with flat screen. “My opinion is that JP638 renders both of these patents (Apple’s) obvious,” Sherman says. There are relatively minor differences between Japanese design and Apple’s designs, but not different enough to support Apple’s design claims, he says.There is other prior art that invalidates Apple’s claims, Sherman says.It includes Korean Registered Design KR547, issued on July 6, 2006. It discloses a portable phone that has an overall rectangular shape with evenly rounded corners with a display centered on the front of the display, flat face, lozenge-shaped slot at the top.Samsung is now showing photos of the LG Prada phone, which Sherman says was released in late 2006 before Apple filed its patents.LG Prada is a mobile handset that is rectangular, with rounded edges, flat front, black, lozenge-shaped slot at the top.Sherman says there’s another patent — JR 383 — a Japanese design registration issued in June 2005. It is also rectangular, with four rounded corners, flat front.Now all four patents are being compared to two Apple patents. Sherman says that JP638 in combination with the Prada make Apple’s 677 patent obvious. As to Apple’s patent 087, he says if you combine JR 383 and JP 638 yields the Apple design.As for the display, you’re trying to maximize the size of the display on the screen on a rectangular screen, Sherman says. And rounded corners have significant benefits in terms of usability. It’s easier to hold, they’re more comfortable and they dont’ snag when you’re trying to put them into your pockets. Sharp corners may bend and break, while rounded corners are easier to manufacture, he adds. There is now an internal Apple email on screen. It’s from an Apple designer to Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief designer, saying that the rounded corners had advantages.
quote: In this patent war, Apple has accused Samsung of copying its genius. Samsung has defended itself saying the similarities aren't design choices but utilitarian parts of a tablet. In order to prove Samsung wrong, however, Apple came up with a list of suggestions with different aesthetics Samsung could have gone with to avoid this infringement. Here were some of the things Apple came up with: * Overall shapes that are not rectangular with four flat sides* Or that do not have four rounded corners* Front surfaces that are not completely flat or clear* And that have substantial adornment* Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface* Profiles that are not thin* Or that have a cluttered appearance