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That doesn't mean that they invented them or came up with the idea. Heck, if you watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, you'll see them using futuristic tablets. rolleyes.gif.
With specific design elements that perfectly mirror the iPad? I've heard all kinds of people say that STNG's PADD was an inspiration for the iPad, and the LCARS interface is nothing like the iPad's. The Tablet had drop down auto-fill and GUI menu style functions (the user options were located on the far right of the screen). It was clearly designed with web surfing in mind if you watch the video.

A small, portable computer was an idea back in the 1960s. Captain Kirk was often handed one from crew members. But many specific design elements and functions that the iPad adopted were literally designed first by Knight-Ridder.
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See, now that is a valid argument. That being said, "The Tablet" while similar in looks only appears to have one real function, the news. The iPad takes on more similarities in usage to the Knowledge Navigator from 1987, though looks significantly different.

The idea isn't the function here though. Apple has several patents that mention the LOOK of the iPad only. "The Tablet" shows that Apple did not invent the LOOK of the iPad, at least physically. Nor did they invent the concept of a portable computer that uses that general shape and size.
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The idea isn't the function here though. Apple has several patents that mention the LOOK of the iPad only. "The Tablet" shows that Apple did not invent the LOOK of the iPad, at least physically. Nor did they invent the concept of a portable computer that uses that general shape and size.

It begs the question: Why, in Odin's name were they given these patents in the first place?
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It begs the question: Why, in Odin's name were they given these patents in the first place?

Who do you think was running the Patent office?

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It begs the question: Why, in Odin's name were they given these patents in the first place?

That's what I always wondered too. UI design should not be patentable. For the same reason why clothing / fashion can't.
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I would expect they got people to grant patents who did not have the faintest clue what they were granting patents for. Word the language in a suitably arcane fashion and good luck. My wife works for a law firm. Her boss does a lot of divorce litigation. He was involved in a case regarding emails being deleted. The other lawyer was computer saavy and indicated that once emails were deleted, they were gone and could not be requested into evidence. He asked me and I suggested he call the email host (Bell). Sure enough they had a backup of the deleted emails which they keep for a period of time in case someone deletes stuff by accident.

If he would not have asked me, I assume he would have lost the motion due to ignorance.

Now take a person working in a patent office that knows nothing about technology...
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post #37 of 67
Need to act more like China with patent trolls instead of wasting time and money on these patent cases.

China - No, these don't look similar at all rolleyes.gif
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Look man, Apple steals. They love to do it.
post #39 of 67
this is just stupid. with a touchscreen design surely multiple people would end up designing sliding type switches.
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Android has gone beyond the now boring "slide to unlock". This is moot.

This...
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never moot to combat stupidity

And this...
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