Originally Posted by kikkO
Nothing new, Intel man-handled AMD using under the table tactics for years, no one complained about that. What's all the fuss about Apple?
Intel didn't try and sue AMD based on the fact that AMD's processors were small, rectangular and had pins on one side and the die on the other.
Originally Posted by rocklobsta1109
Apple made the tablet what it is today, sure there were tablet shaped devices before hand, but I'm talking more about what people have come to expect from a tablet. If apple hadn't reinvented the image of the tablet do you honestly think the market would be where it is today. Look at the tabs that followed the ipad, nearly all of their features were very closely related to everything the ipad offered. Yes, they have changed and diverged over time but for the most part modern tablets owe their existence to apple.
I use the term clone in a function and feature aspect more than just a physical representation. I realize that tablets can only be so many shapes and that apple is pushing it with their vague patents on shape, but I think principle of protecting their intelectual assets no matter how crazy you think they may be, are still valid
It doesn't matter who boosted sales or made tablets popular - what matters is who came up with the concept of a tablet computer. That quite clearly wasn't Apple, as the pics above show they were around for 15 years before Apple came along.
Now if Samsung were copying anything special about the iPad with regards to how it works, then they should have the right to defend that. But they aren't - they're blocking it based on the fact it's a black rectangle with a screen that is held in the hand. Which is an idea Apple don't own - as it's been done before, so their patent is invalid.
Now again, if the iPad had some inventive shape, or curved appearance, or bezel detailing or similar that marked it out and Samsung copied that, they would have a case. But trying to patent a flat black bezel? Seriously?
If Apple, or any other company for that matter, get away with enforcing a patent as vague as this for an idea as general as this, then we can say goodbye to any kind of innovation in the tech market. If a company can simply block a competitor from releasing a product they don't like as opposed to actually making their product better or pricing it more competitively so it sells, the only people who will lose out are the consumers. Apple fanboys or haters - we'll all have to put up with substandard products.
Which is why I don't understand why even pro-Apple (or pro-Apple-product people) think this is a good or justifiable move. If Apple were the only company allowed to make a tablet, do you really think you'd now be able to buy an iPad2? That Apple would even be bothering to develop the iPad3?
Competition breeds innovation, and customers win on pricing and performance grounds. Take that away and we lose, they make more money.