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Dutch court finds rounded corners on Samsung tablets don't infringe on Apple's design

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Dutch court finds rounded corners on Samsung tablets don't infringe on Apple's design
Apple claims that the rounded corners on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 copy its design

Apple claims that the rounded corners on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 copy its design

A Dutch court in the Hague has ruled that a trio of Samsung Galaxy tablets do not infringe on Apple's design. The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 were accused by the Cupertino based tech titan of copying the rounded corners found on the Apple iPad. Apple and Samsung are involved in legal battles over patents in at least ten countries.

In the U.S., Apple owns patent Patent number D670,286 issued by the USPTO for "the ornamental design for a portable display device," which basically covers a rectangular device with a screen and rounded corners. The U.S. patent does not offer Apple protection in the Hague. Samsung issued a statement that said that it does not feel that Apple was the first company to use rounded corners, essentially stating that prior art should invalidate any patent Apple has received for the design.

"We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples."-Samsung statement

source: Reuters

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posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:06 2

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2110; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


The Stanley Kubrick Foundantion should be rewarded at least 400 billion Dollars by Apple, Samsung and Asus for inventing the tablet.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:45 7

13. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Or the Ancient Egypt Artifact Preservation Society, since they were using tablets back then...

I thing the concept.of electronic tablets predated even 2001:ASO

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:35 1

23. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


i'd suggest that sammy would do its tablets' future designs same as the Nexus 10, i mean the design is awesome... better than the GTab and the iPad...

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:31 1

20. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


I wonder where the round corners of iDevices are inspired from and yesterday somebody told me butts :P

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:07 24

2. windroid (unregistered)


How stupid the accusation of "copying the rounded corner" can be?

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:09 6

3. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


In US it is not considered stupid.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:34 2

25. tedkord (Posts: 4507; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It is by sane people. And those who have seen the Knight-Ridder tablet the iPad was stolen from.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:15 21

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Just as stupid as filing a patent for "the wheel."

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:35 4

10. TritonForceX (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Yeah, that caveman is owed a LOT of money!

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:20 6

8. Joker (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


On the same level as that ludacrous "Slide to Unlock" patent

Apple must have never seen a bra or a door latch (back in the days) when they filed the patent

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:08

16. donfem (Posts: 522; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Hillarious

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:35 1

26. tedkord (Posts: 4507; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Or the Neonode nM1.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:52

27. tedkord (Posts: 4507; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


N1m. Oops.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:10 7

4. Darkrai (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


Rounded-corners patents?Kiddin me?

Nokia-forever

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:11 13

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Good news, seems that Dutch court is adequate.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:13 12

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Well that's not shocking news. Everyone knows Apple is going to lose court cases outside the US because judges in foreign countries know BS from legitimate patents and evidence.

Samsung: 1 Apple: 0

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:23 7

9. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That justice may prevail in the end- come on I really don't like Apple because of that, I used to have a Sony Ericsson Walkman and it was a rectangular device with round corners, look it up, if that's the case then we should all be paying rotalties to alcatel for the first phone with rectangular shape with round corners

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:39 3

11. windroid (unregistered)


I had many years ago a Palm Pilot Z22 with the same rounded corners... glad they did not filled for that patent in those days.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:42 7

12. amozhi (Posts: 96; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Great news...

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:49 4

14. wildcard (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


went will apple will stop doing this crap like their phone went. An then l like to see what will happin about the tv sue everyone hellooo

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 11:57 3

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Mxyzptlk...you can stop hidding now.
You can show us how the rounded corners are copied by Samsung...

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:38 1

24. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Well he/she would say It's harshly unfair judgment :)

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:11 8

17. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


I feel that every country that rules aagainst apple is smarter then the US :-(

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:13 1

18. networkdood (Posts: 6262; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


really, no kidding...but, I guess only in America...

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:27 4

19. esinisa (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)


In USA, apple eats you! :D

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:32 6

21. ramonleonjr62 (Posts: 48; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Samsung 2 apple 0 lol

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 12:33 5

22. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


wow. us, Americans are so smart. and we rewarded rounded corners patent to a company that didnt invent it and rewarded them 1B dollar in court too. we are so smart. :(

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:16

28. LionStone (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Dang, that's pretty sad huh!?

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:29 4

29. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the Etch-A-Scetch have a rectangular design with rounded corners and a screen?

All sarcasm aside, this is where the patent system has really gone astray. Technology patents are one thing, but patenting a basic shape (rectangle with rounded corners) that we see everyday is boneheaded. If they want a design patent, it should have to included everything, bezel width, button shape and their placement, sensor and camera location, and the design must include front AND back, and for infringement to occur it must be copied EXACTLY as it is in it's entirety.

Just saying rectangle with rounded corners and a screen is extremely vague. It's like getting a patent for a personal enclosed conveyance and leaving it at that. That would've destroyed the car,truck, RV, yacht, small airplane, and helicopter industries in one shot.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:55

30. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Well said. Now can we stop all the bickering about how these companies suck? Let them innovate and over charge us. Lol

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 16:27 1

31. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


You're probably right. There's a possibility they may innovate, but there's no doubt they're gonna overcharge us.

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