“For the first time in more than 100 years the Supreme Court will take on a design patent case pitting the world’s two largest phone manufacturers against each other, a major legal battle that both sides say will shape the future of consumer technology and alter incentives for designers and engineers to create new products,” Hamza Shaban reports for BuzzFeed News.
“Next month, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from Samsung and Apple over how much money Samsung should be forced to pay for infringing on several of the iPhone maker’s design patents,” Shaban reports. “The design elements include the iPhone’s rectangular face with rounded edges and bezel, and a home screen populated by a grid of icons. Stemming from a lawsuit that began in 2011, Samsung was ordered to hand over $548 million.”
“In its latest brief filed this week, the final written argument before the two parties appear before the Supreme Court in October, Samsung argued that a ruling in favor of Apple would inspire a new breed of patent troll,” Shaban reports. “Samsung believes that it shouldn’t be forced to hand over all the profits from its infringing phones, but only a percentage… Apple maintains that the design of the now iconic iPhone was crucial to its success, and that Samsung’s copycat infringement was not merely ornamental. Last month, more than 100 design professionals including Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang agreed with Apple, writing in a brief to the Supreme Court that design is not just one insignificant aspect of a product, but — in the minds of consumers — represents the product itself.”
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MacDailyNews Take: When Steve Jobs pulled the first iPhone out of his pocket, the cellphone industry had no response. After some months spent staring with mouths agape, the Samsung slime of the world decided their only recourse to going belly up was to rip off Apple’s IP and trample Apple’s trade dress with abandon.
The main reason why Samsung et al. were able to sell phones and tablets at all was because they made fake iPhones and fake iPads designed to fool the unwitting (who are now finally waking up in droves, by the way, and upgrading to iPhones in ever-increasing numbers) in much the same way as how Microsoft et al. profited wildly from upside-down and backwards fake Macs at the end of the 20th century. Google, Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, et al. are the Microsofts, HPs, Dells, and eMachines of the new century.
Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:
Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
People who buy Android phones and tablets reward thieves.
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