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Designers back Apple in long-standing fight against Samsung

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Aug 2016 20:16 User comments (3)

Designers back Apple in long-standing fight against Samsung Over 100 designers have signed a court brief on behalf of Apple, taking sides in a patent battle that has hundreds of millions of dollars in damages waiting.
A few of the big names include Calvin Klein, Paul Smith and Alexander Wang, who claim Samsung should pay damages for infringing on Apple's design patents and that by stealing the designs, Samsung made more sales due to their appeal.

In 2012, a jury awarded Apple $548 million for copying "the designs of the iPhone's rounded-corner front face, bezels and grid of icons." Samsung is fighting $399 million of the damages, claiming the infringing designs were a minimal part of a much more complex phone and that the Supreme Court should look into whether one patent infringement should lead to them paying for all missed profits by Apple.

The designers, for their part, say the "look of the product comes to represent the underlying features, functions, and total user experience," and that stealing the design certainly leads to lost sales for Apple. On the other side, Samsung has some tech giants including Facebook and Google who claim that such a decision against Samsung "could lead to diminished innovation, pave the way for design troll patent litigation and negatively impact the economy and consumers."

Source:
Reuters

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3 user comments

15.8.2016 8:09

That is rather brave on the part of the designers...if a Galaxy is a copy of an iPhone, then every pair of jeans made by CK are a copy of ones made by Lee, every design by Paul Smith is a copy of a bad table cloth from the 1970's, and everything Alexander Wang designs is a clone of the contents of the dumpster behind the salvation army.

It is also rather brave of Apple to keep hammering at these patents that never should have been issued in the first place.
"Grid of icons" goes back to 16-bit Windows...actually, it was seen in some 8-bit shells...this would have been denied as prior art if Apple wasn't a giant corporation.
"Rounded-corner front face and bezels" was in use on the earliest Windows mobile devices; long before the first iPhone...this would also have been denied as prior art if Apple wasn't a giant corporation.

25.8.2016 12:13

Originally posted by KillerBug:
That is rather brave on the part of the designers...if a Galaxy is a copy of an iPhone, then every pair of jeans made by CK are a copy of ones made by Lee, every design by Paul Smith is a copy of a bad table cloth from the 1970's, and everything Alexander Wang designs is a clone of the contents of the dumpster behind the salvation army.

It is also rather brave of Apple to keep hammering at these patents that never should have been issued in the first place.
"Grid of icons" goes back to 16-bit Windows...actually, it was seen in some 8-bit shells...this would have been denied as prior art if Apple wasn't a giant corporation.
"Rounded-corner front face and bezels" was in use on the earliest Windows mobile devices; long before the first iPhone...this would also have been denied as prior art if Apple wasn't a giant corporation.


I totally agree!!!


I was going to say "rounded-corner front face"..........who in the WHOLE world wants a phone with harsh 90 degree sharp angle corners?

This lawsuit is ridiculous and the basic design or curvature of the Iphone is NOTHING proprietary.

37.8.2016 15:59

The whole-world will do a lot better without Crapple garbage n fan's making things up.


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