Apple needs wireless technology to have their phones actually work. They don't own patents on the tech they need, or have it licensed. So rather than license the tech, they simply steal it, pay nothing, and are allowed to become a huge player in the mobile market. Other companies have to pay for the tech license, but not Apple, they feel they deserve access to other peoples patents for free. This is tech that otherwise without, Apple would sell not a single mobile device, so it is 100% legit and needed.
Samsung decided to follow the where the market was going and to build phones consumers want. Turns out Consumers want flat, thin, touch screen based technology, and competitors are following suit. Samsung simply makes tweaks to existing designs and come out with a phone. Apple has also made a similar phone, but the design and "look and feel" already exist far prior to the iPhone. It's also a natural evolution of design as phones were getting as thing and light as possible, while always trying to offer us more screen and functionality. A smartphone/tablet is simply a TV in your hands that can do more. Its a AIO computer in your hands, and as far as I know, AIO computers have been around a long time as well. Theres prior art to every part about this Apple argues, common sense simply jumps out and slaps you in the face.
So, one obviously steals patented technology. The other uses a design that is already obvious and done prior to the iPhone, it is just as evolutionary as thin laptops (
) or thinner and larger TV's with better picture quality. So who's in the wrong? Obviously Samsung. Sigh.
The fact that a patent was granted for shapes and looks makes me lose most faith I have in the human race. God, if our justice system is too stupid to see what a child can see a mile away we have some big problems...Edited by Fuell - 8/20/12 at 8:39am