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

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:

  • 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.

  • 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



1. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 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.

29. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

43. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

47. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 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

61. douglasman100

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

crapplle fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu​uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu​uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

63. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 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???!!!

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

24. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 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

41. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

4. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

44. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

5. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

6. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

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

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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??

8. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 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..

9. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

10. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

17. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

56. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Pink and green. That's hot.

13. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Yeah, Motorola should target apple with that.

37. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

14. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

18. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 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

15. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011


16. grtphones

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

19. geedup

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 01, 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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