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Apple gives Samsung advice on non-patent infringing designs – hilarity ensues

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Apple gives Samsung advice on non-patent infringing designs – hilarity ensues
As you probably know, Apple and Samsung are in the middle of a no holds barred, worldwide battle royale over design patents. Apple claims that the design of Samsung’s devices is too close to that of Apple’s iPad and iPhone. Samsung insists that Apple is trying to protect functional elements that are required by today’s standards and says it had no other realistic options.

In order to disprove Samsung’s claim, Apple needed to provide alternate design options to prove that Samsung did, in fact, blatantly copy Apple’s design. Some samples from these suggestions include:

Smartphones:
  • Front surface that isn't black.
  • Overall shape that isn't rectangular, or doesn't have rounded corners.
  • Display screens that aren't centered on the front face and have substantial lateral borders.
  • Non-horizontal speaker slots.
  • Front surfaces with substantial adornment.
  • No front bezel at all.

LeapPad by LeapFrog

LeapPad by LeapFrog

Tablets:
  • Overall shape that isn't rectangular, or doesn't have rounded corners.
  • Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
  • Front surface that isn't entirely flat.
  • Profiles that aren't thin.
  • Cluttered appearance.

Essentially by Apple’s standards, Samsung can make all the thick, ugly, hard-cornered, non-rectangular devices its little heart desires. We assume LeapFrog’s popular children’s tablet, the LeapPad, would be a perfect example of what Apple finds acceptable.

Apple has even requested a ban on the recently re-released Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N. We will have to wait until the final decision on a possible injunction to find out if Apple is in fact the ruler of all thin, black, rounded rectangles.

source: The Verge via SlashGear

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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:10 30

1. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


So Apple sees the LG Prada and is like wow that looks like a nice design, lets make something similar to it. Apple gets lots of money and everyone thinks its fine.

4 years later

Samsung sees the iPhone and is like wow that looks like a nice design, lets make something similar to it. Apple sues Samsung for trying to get lots of money and Apple thinks its fine.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 00:38 24

29. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


They're saying: Make Rounded Fat Tablets that are ugly. WTF APPLE I kill you.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 06:19 4

43. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Perhaps apple would want its rival and competitiors to create a smartphone or tablet much like these:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_eH99WcgOXoc/TI6E0QcV6MI/AAAAAAAAABA/xcx9VBWwq6Q/s320/funny-apple-ipad1-227x300.jpg

http://www.simonblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/iBoard.jpg

Its clearly they don't have one centered screen,the number of home buttons and menu icons is confusing, and still at the end of the day it would leave the door open for apple to easily sue gain

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 09:23 7

47. sarb009 (Posts: 310; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


yeah f**k apple and may steve dogs rott in hell. did u ppl notice that u cant write crapplle or isheeep (in write way) in comments on iphonearnea. f**king isheeeps of iphonearna f**kkers

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 17:18 2

61. douglasman100 (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


crapplle fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu​uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu​uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:24

63. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


so apple think that they are the only ones that can make a device that is thin???? that's so ridiculous and lame....

this is so wrong... very very uncompetitive...

by the way where is taco50???!!!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:11 27

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


is this for real? lol they've really crossed the line now. xD

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 22:48 22

24. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


Apple crossed the line a long time ago and i think anyone who has read this news and still is a fan of Apple should get punched in the face

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 06:11 7

41. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Punch them repeatedly i'd say! Only thing is the more you punch them the more they will buy the same apple products over and over again,they've got that mess up mentality,its why Apple has gotten away with it nonsense for so long

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:16 6

3. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I love apple products but this has gotten refabulous. I think Sammy has perceptively listened though. My sgs2 doesn't have a front Bezel. It's got a sexy side Bezel.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:22 8

4. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


funny how the result of their suggestions turn out to be a leapPad

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 06:25 7

44. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


It won't be long before the LeapPad success with the kids will gain apples attention and LeapFrog finds itself in serious legal trouble with apple over copying apples ipad in so many obvious ways of which only apple can determine

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:24

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Lmao. But i would appreciate more diversity in the tablet market.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:25 14

6. Penny (Posts: 1653; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Lol, especially @ the Tablet suggestions. Forget how Samsung feels, I as a consumer feel extremely offended by Apple's suggestions.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:29 5

7. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


With Samsung's Microsoft Surface product, the SUR40, already available for pre-order, the company says its 1080p 40-inch "Optical Sensor in Pixel" LCD panels have gone into mass production

What technologies did Apple manufactured??

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:32 18

8. nanozander (Posts: 90; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


So in other words if a company wants to make a smartphone it'd be something that..

Isn't Black,
Overall odd shape (e.g. Star, Circle, Hexagon etc?),
Display screens at the conner of the circle/Star/Hexagon?
Speakers placement patent's ok..
No front bezel... AT ALL??

And tablets that..

Has an overall odd shape (e.g. Star, Circle, Hexagon etc?),
Huge bezel? Means small screens on huge devices??
Must have a lump/bump on the front surface? =,=
Looks like a 10" brick?
Buttons everywhere?? Which basically goes against ICS..

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:32 9

9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


apple just keeps on looking more and more like a joke every time something new comes out of all this drama lol seriously there suggestions are just ridiculous.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:33 7

10. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Apple might as well sue every phone manufacturers for having a power button on their phones ==

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 20:32 9

17. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)


actually apple products DO NOT have a power button. Steve's ego would never let you turn off an apple product the button your referring to is a sleep/wake button

what would the world be like if our forefathers had the apple sue everyone mentality Cugnot's steam wagon circa 1770 sue everyone after that that made a vessel that had wheels and a motor/engine to propel it naturally they could make one you have to push or with wheels that are not round.
perhaps everyone after Alexander Graham Bell could have made phones that did not transmit or receive voice, not only is this absurd but the phones/tablets in question do not even look or act at all like apple crap Samsung builds devices with the features and style people actually want apple convinces the world that the products they build are what you really want. because apple knows what you want better than you do.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:33 11

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Ha! Who said lawyers don't do jokes. Next Motorola will send a letter to everyone saying that no one can make a phone that t calls using some wireless antenna

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:38 6

12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


they should now. Apple is really about to turn this into a shameless, bloody war which will bring sooo many OEMs down on them.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 04:07 3

34. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and samsung should send out a letter describing a new 3g radio standard featuring curley pink and lime green antennas

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 21:15 2

56. Kease (Posts: 36; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Pink and green. That's hot.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:38 3

13. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Yeah, Motorola should target apple with that.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 05:29 3

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


They can't most of their IP forms the standard of today's smarphones. But apple does not want it's IP to become standard for anyone even when they already piggy back on today standards

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 20:08 6

14. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


So to avoid making apple cry like a baby over something that looks kinda maybe somewhat similar to their products everyone has to make phones/tablets that look like A: a childrens toy. B: a rock. or C: Ramen noodles.

This is so insane, it's like Phylips would tell LG to stop making TV's that adhered to this design:
1. A large panel on the front on which the image is displayed.
2. A thin border between the display panel and the edge of the monitor.
3. Rectangular design.
4. Remote Control.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 20:40 1

18. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)


actually A: and B: are ok a child's toy is vague enough and I doubt God cares to sue over coping his rock idea but C: the Ramen noodle companies would have to sue if you make a phone that looks like their product

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 20:26 2

15. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Hahahahahah

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 20:27 10

16. grtphones (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Apple I use to like you and your products but this is just sad.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 21:19

19. geedup (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


This article reads like it was written by one of the trolls in the comment section. Seriously this article is an awful troll job.

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