U.S. federal court rules anyone can copy the iPhone’s design

“Apple did such a good job designing its iPhone that it now can’t protect itself from copycats,” Hope King reports for CNNMoney.

“A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that Apple could not seek damages from Samsung for copying the basic design of the iPhone, overturning a lower court’s ruling,” King reports. “Apple had argued that Samsung’s smartphones violated the company’s design patents, because they looked so remarkably similar: a rectangular body, rounded edges, and even the placement of apps and dots on the screen.”

King reports, “Yet the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the overall ‘look’ of the iPhone is so integral to the way other touchscreen smartphones work that Apple can’t prevent Samsung (and probably other companies) from using the same general designs.”

MacDailyNews Take: 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

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45 Comments

    1. Sickening bullshit. Yeh, the before and afters are a great answer to anyone, including these morons, who think there is some kind of inevitability to the iPhone’s design.

  1. I recall hearing of a similar precedent. It was the Xerox company that was stripped by our government of their patent protection for the dry toner xeristatic copier technology they invented.

    This only happens when an innovation is so significant that it shocks the world and seemingly removes people’s ability to imagine any other implementation of the concept. When a product is insanely great, it quickly appears inevitable. The original GUI of the Macintosh is another example of this “inevitability.” MS wasn’t prevented from ripping that off in much the same way that Android was allowed to copy iOS.

    1. Guess you didn’t know that Apple originally stole the GUI and the mouse from Xerox. Now Apple gets upset when others steel their stuff, pretty funny.

        1. Some pinheads don’t bother to do their homework and just parrot things they’ve read in other erroneous posts on anti-Apple discussion groups. They’re as easy to spot as Laplanders in the Sahara.

  2. What irony ? Apple is working for years to bring this amazing technology for everybody, and now
    Some incoherent laws give chance to copyright violation with out a common sense. Looks in favor of Samsung this a Crime to intellectual rights.
    Long live to Apple…

  3. Why get upset at karma… Apple “borrowed” tons of look and feel technology from others in the past (and still today), but when others do the same, they are steeling. Here is a short list of technology Apple borrowed from others: mouse, menu bars, windowing, keyboards, video monitors, etc. None of these were invented by Apple but they borrowed the hell out of them… Karma…

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