“The patent trial of the century is playing out in San Jose, Calif., and the outcome will affect you — and millions of consumers — in some way or another,” Jessica Van Sack reports for The Boston Herald.

“Apple is suing Samsung for $2.5 billion, saying its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets are a blatant rip-off of the iPhone and iPad design,” Van Sack reports. “Apple claims that Samsung products are designed to confuse consumers into thinking they’re Apple products.”

Van Sack reports, “A loss for Apple will likely embolden its competitors, giving them the green light to style their products in Apple’s image and shed any pretense of independence. Expect a slew of iPhone and iPad clones to flood the market. Blackberry-maker Research in Motion comes to mind as one that could benefit from a little Apple inspiration. A win for Apple is a more unpredictable — and interesting — outcome. It will essentially grant the Cupertino, Calif.-based industry titan the sole rights to devices with a rectangular frame and round corners, as well as the smartphone homescreen with frequently used icons tacked to the bottom… If Apple wins, a little bit of forced innovation could come back to bite them if Samsung or another company comes up with a game-changing product.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Because Samsung et al. have long ago proven themselves to be oh-so-innovative.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

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