Apple reproduces 1994 tablet to prove case against Samsung

Apple reproduces 1994 tablet to prove case against Samsung
It should come as no surprise that Apple has a deep pool of resources at its disposal. That was clearly evident this past Friday as the Apple v. Samsung trial was beginning to wind down. Have you heard of the Fidler Tablet? You are probably not alone. Roger Fidler worked on the concept while running publisher Knight Ridder’s Information Design Lab. The idea never made it to market. 

Samsung had previously cited the Fidler Tablet as proof that Apple was not the first to conjure up a tablet with rounded corners or a flat display on the front. That did not stop Apple from going through the process of reproducing the Fidler Tablet and entering it into evidence to show how different the concept really was from Apple’s iPad.

Peter Bressler, Apple’s expert witness who had previously testified on behalf of Apple, went to Missouri to take pictures, measurements and laser scanned the mock-up of the original Fidler Tablet. He then had it reproduced in excruciating detail for purposes of entering it into evidence against Samsung. It was fabricated to be exactly the same, “…right down to the scratches and the paint.” 

Now it is up to the jury to determine if the differences cited by Bressler, like the display, and cut outs for a memory card, will equate to a verdict in Apple’s favor.



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The problem is that Apple has such a minimalist design that its only unique design cue on the front is the f**king home button. Samsung didn't do that with its Galaxy Tabs. So what's left? A BLACK RECTANGLE WITH CURVED EDGES. And the Knight Ridder tablet is....A BLACK RECTANGLE WITH CURVED EDGES. Apple can't claim minor differences makes its product unique, because that destroys its entire goddamn case against Samsung as Samsung has minor differences in its products too.

6. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

bro, you seem mad

12. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Perhaps you haven't read the memo on Best Buys. It is not good.

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009


22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

is that the one where less than 10% said they bought a Tab thinking it was an iPad? You know.. because they couldnt read the giant "samsung" logo on the box, noticed there was not fruit on the box, or knew ANYTHING about the tablet to know that it wasnt an apple like that obvious google search bar at the top of HC tablets? lol

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

there is a small percent outhere that have heard of the iphone but doesnt know the iconic logo is on the back, or think that every tablet is made by Apple,

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that's a very marginal %. And is that Samsung's fault they are too stupid to do the most basic research of "maybe I should see who's logo is on this box Im buying"?? no.. its not. :)

8. Savage unregistered

If that Fidler tablet is different than iPad, so is Galaxy Tab. Being as vague as we can be, are we Apple?

10. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Dude shutup, and let the court decide. You post the same crap everyday... Give it a rest.

11. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

You are missing the point -- the iPad is revolutionary in that it doesn't have a stylus and uses multi-touch. It is common knowledge that Apple didn't invent the modern day PC tablet (that was MicroSoft). Therefore, the prior art debate isn't just a tablet per se, it's what that tablet does. The absence of a stylus is revolutionary (and worth repeating) because it means Apple create a new interface between the user and the tablet.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually its not. The prior art that they are fighting over is apple's "patent" that is nothing more than a drawing of a rectangle with a screen. MS's tablets did not fit that description as they were filled with buttons and odd angles. It is not a fight over functionality. Its a fight over design.

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I agree with what you say, excepting the stylus. There were (and are) tablets and convertible laptops running various iterations of Windows that supported non-stylus use, but since they didn't have very large screen, using a stylus improved accuracy. What apple did was make a launcher with large fingertip-sized icons with nothing smaller than that for interaction, thus minimizing inaccuracy and the need for the accuracy of something slightly smaller than a fingertip. That said, styli are on the rebound, as folks want to be able to use them for things like Draw Something, or editing photos, or signing documents, graphic design, or even just doodles. It's what makes the Samsung Note series so remarkable in their flexibility to use either or, while offering additional benefits for improved functionality

13. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I do not like Apple policy & Samsung copycat product. Tell me, if Sony, Nokia, HTC & Motorola can make their Phone and Tablet different from Apple product, why Samsung can not. Because they just want to ride on Apple design success. Did you check their data cable, packaging & other accessories. even they made a remote for their TV same as iPhone. Most of their product resemble Apple product. No other manufacturers did copy any product up to this extend. Shamesung LOL.

16. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

do not lie.....rectangle with display had been before iPhone and will be after dead boring iPhone

17. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

You ask Samsung why they copied dead boring design of iPhone and iPad, then you will know the truth. re-say-samsung-is-copying-apple/ opy-apple-at-all-sure/v

23. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

So you are able to deny existence of a rectangle with some display before iPhone or iPad? Dont you need glasses?

30. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

There were. But my question is is why samsung could not bring the atractive design first place by studying those rectangle before apple. I do not need glasses but it seems you need a good functioning brain.

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If you look at Samsung's digital photo frame from 2006.....seems to me Samsung already did. Now...the back is another story. But just looking at the front....what does that look like....

32. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

but I want just a rectangle with car with 4 should be also patented?

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

look at samsung's entire line up. It didnt change that much before/after the iphone. They still look like Samsungs. The similarity to the iphone is mostly because they both had similar design language. If there were many adjustments to be more "iphone like" there werent many. Apple didnt create their designs in a vacuum.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

exactly. memory card slot to differentiate? Well then, you just lost your own case, Apple. I hope they said that's what makes their iPad different from the older tablet, because then Samsung can use that exact statement against them. "your honor, if all it takes for apple to feel different is the lack of a memory card slot, then the case should be excused since we have a memory card slot"

2. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You can't have it both ways, Apple. Either differences in size and aspect ratio matter or they don't

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010


3. MeoCao unregistered

This tablet is different from iPad as much as iPad is different from SS ones.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"The designer used the custom built replica to point out how the concept does not reflect the tablet described in Apple's design patent..." Indeed it doesn't, but the Samsung Tablet does not have the same dimensional characteristics as the iPad either... Apple you are one motherfcuking FailCake..

9. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Failcake. Can I use that?

5. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

When Apple loses this case Samsung should file counter petition to invalidate Apple's cheap patents...or drawing made by some random kid!

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Apples calenders seem to be stuck on April 1st continually for some reason!

18. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

When you are very minimalist, the only things you can claim as your own are ... minimal. Have they patented the use of fingers yet?

21. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Wonder if I can still patent a car that's a box with four wheels. Then I can sue every car maker hehe

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