“A group of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies including Facebook, Google, Dell, HP, eBay and others joined the patent war between Apple and Samsung this month with a petition to a federal appeals court, asking the panel to review its decision ordering Samsung to turn over profits from a handful of Apple patent infringements,” Giuseppe Macri reports for InsiderSources.

“The coalition sided with Samsung in a ‘friend of the court’ briefing filed July 1, warning the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that ordering Samsung turn over the full profits of certain devices over select design elements copied from Apple opens the entire industry up to mass patent infringement lawsuits,” Macri reports. “Industry giants and company trade groups argue upholding the ruling threatens to stifle innovation and limit consumer choice across the tech sector.”

“According to the companies, the nature of technology like smartphones and smart TVs, which contain thousands of individual components, working parts and software, is too complex to lump all of a products’ design and functionality elements into one convenient legal definition of patent infringement in cases when only select design elements appear to have been copied,” Macri reports. “After Facebook, Google and others submitted their opinion, Apple argued earlier this month they should be dismissed, as Google in particular has a direct stake in the battle as the designer behind the Android mobile platform installed on Samsung devices. ‘Google has a strong interest in this particular case, is not an impartial ‘friend of the court,’ and should not be permitted to expand Samsung’s word limit under the guise of an amicus brief,’ Apple told the court.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Why don’t we just abolish patents and products that are too revolutionary and therefore upend entire industries? The Dark Ages were much less contentious. Not much progress, but things went fairly smoothly for centuries, right? Renaissances are too hard. (pout)

Unsurprisingly, we oppose the tacit legalization of outright theft.

Why do Apple’s paradigm-destroying innovations never seem to be legally protected? Did/does Apple have incompetent lawyers (the jury’s out on that one in many cases, actually) or, more likely, are Apple’s innovations so dramatic that if they are not allowed to be stolen, they would threaten the very life of industries that are “too big to fail?”

We can’t wait for Apple Car. Neither can the thieves; salivating, we expect.

As with the Mac, the theft of the iPhone and the resulting parade of knockoffs, as poor as they are, is blatantly obvious to everyone with at least half a brain.

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

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

U.S. federal court rules anyone can copy the iPhone’s design – May 18, 2015
Up to 40 percent of Apple’s $930 million verdict against Samsung must be reconsidered – May 18, 2015
US appeals court reverses part of Apple’s $930 million verdict vs. Samsung – May 18, 2015
Before iPhone, Google’s plan was a Java button phone, Android docs reveal – April 14, 2014
How Google reacted when Steve Jobs revealed the revolutionary iPhone – December 19, 2013
What phones looked like before and after Apple’s revolutionary iPhone transformed the industry – February 8, 2012
Apple to ITC: Android started at Apple while Andy Rubin worked for us – September 2, 2011

[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]