“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:
Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
Samsung: Shameless slavish copiers – August 13, 2012
Apple attorney: Instead of innovating, Samsung chose to copy iPhone and iPad – July 31, 2012
Apple: Google warned Samsung against slavishly copying our products – July 25, 2012
Now Samsung slavishly copies Apple’s Mac mini – June 1, 2012
Samsung Mobile chief ‘designer’ denies that Samsung’s instinct is to slavishly copy Apple – March 23, 2012
Slavish copier Samsung shamelessly steals Apple’s iPhone 3G design – again – January 3, 2012
Slavish copier Samsung uses girl actress from iPhone 4S ad for Galaxy Tab 8.9 spot (with video) – January 2, 2012
Now Samsung’s slavishly copying Apple’s iPad television ads (with videos) – December 30, 2011
Judge: Can you tell me which is iPad and which is yours? Samsung lawyer: ‘Not at this distance your honor’ – October 14, 2011
Why are Apple’s icons on the wall of Samsung’s store? – September 24, 2011
Apple to Samsung: ‘Blatant copying is wrong’ – April 18, 2011
Apple sues Samsung for attempting to copy look and feel of iPhone, iPad – April 18, 2011
Samsung’s ‘Instinct’ is obviously to make Apple iPhone knockoffs – April 1, 2008