Originally Posted by Mand12
Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn
Oh, no. You think I mean patents that are actually good things, right? No, I mean Apple suing Samsung because their phones have rounded corners. That's stifling innovation because, even though the patent is a load of crap, any competing company will have to go up against Apple's billions upon billions of dollars legal team to fight it. Now, if Apple were to patent a phone with a specially designed low-power screen, then that would be different. Patenting touchscreens in general however is idiotic at best.
Yep, I mean this is TOTALLY innovation:
Because a company that before had its own, unique design that then makes something nearly indistinguishable from a competitor's successful product is innovation. Yep.
Innovation. How dare they be stifled from doing this.
I don't know what you're smoking, but the Samsung phones in the "before iPhone" square look very much like many other "typical" phones from that era.
If the entire market of all products relied on being completely unique in design, we would have no choice in brand. Only one to three TV manufacturer would exist (there are only so many goddamn ways you can design a sleek flat panel TV). The same could easily apply to watchmakers, any kind of furniture, and hell, even fire extinguishers and pens. For one company to persistently harass another with lawsuits over their products "looking alike" is pretty childish competition; it's "just another thing" that brings Apple's image even lower in my eyes.
Practically every product in the world follows the same trend (tough to argue against that). When technology/overall fashion changes, pretty much every product within the same sector will share a similar design, function, feature set, price range, etc. For Apple to be so far up their rear to think they're totally unique from everyone else is just pathetic, especially when they themselves take ideas from others all the time (insert video quote of Steve Jobs here).Edited by Stealth Pyros - 4/14/14 at 7:53am