and the LG Prada is prior art to the Iphone.
Steve Jobs favourite quotes -
"We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."
"Good artists copy, great artists steal. "
All companies do it - not just Apple - but Apple sees the law courts as its best (and arguably only) chance of stopping the Android charge.
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There is a big diferance between taking a good idea, like the GUI, and running with it (which is what that quote was intended to refer to), and two products apearing to be similar that were in development at the same time. Not denying Apple take the ideas of others, I just think the LG Prada is a poor example, as it was a piece of junk. The bulk of product design in in materials, this is the perfect example. My dad still has my iPhone 2g, and it feels like a solid piece of metal. I still think from a product design standpoint the origional was the best of the bunch.
You could argue Audi stole their grill design off of Rover, as it popped up there first. The Audi wears it better, and is synonomous with them now. They executed the design better, was in development at the same time, but just happened to be slower out the gate.
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Copying designs is one thing & suing others on what was already copied in the first place is another. Every small thing copied may add up to something major, but this was still one of the points which Apple is arguing in the court. Samsung is contesting this particular point with the film's example.....which they're perfectly entitled to.
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Sure, of course they are entitled to, it would be foolish not to try. I think Samsungs defence could have came up with better examples of prior art, but they were wooed by the age of the film. No body is claiming Apple invented the tablet (well, arguably they had a good stab with Newton, the second one was pretty good), they just invented a formula that works for consumers. Its that formula that Apple is protecting.
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