Originally Posted by steelbom
You shouldn't be able to patent a design like the iPad. But competitors should at least try to differentiate their product (on the front).
You've stayed fancy throughout the conversation here and I admire that. Hellonwheelz has been rather butt-hurt over my responses regardless of how strong/reasonable/easily debatable they have been.
How much more differentiation is needed other than an obnoxiously huge SAMSUNG emblem on the front though? What exactly is the set legal standard requirement to give consumers enough information to distinguish one product from another similar product in the same department? I mean, I'm sure pretty much all of us here can agree that nearly all current TVs "look" the same, with the obvious difference being the company's logo on the bezel, and we're not seeing many if any lawsuits between TV manufacturers, are we? This is Apple, and it's rather obvious that they're only striving to cut the biggest competition out. (I'd say the Galaxy is surely the best iPad competitor right now) A tablet is by default a pretty generic shape. What should Samsung be expected to do? Build a tablet in the shape of on octagon to look different than an iPad? It already is narrower by a large enough margin to tell the difference.
Ok, so there is a white box variant after all. Now I definitely do agree that the Samsung box is nearly identical, but it still does clearly indicate "SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB," which should be the only concern. I can think of hundreds of brands that all use plain cardboard boxes with only their company logos on it and whatnot. I wonder if Samsung handles Apple's packaging?Edited by Stealth Pyros - 10/17/11 at 7:37am