Apple’s Patent Case Against Samsung In A Single Chart
As Apple and Samsung’s patent warfare wages on, this photo is making the rounds on the Internet. It seems to prove Apple’s claims against the rival manufacturer all in one handy image; but critics are holding it up as proof that Apple’s taking a selective view of its competitors, and an overly broad view of its patent implications.
The image seems iron clad: clunky Samsung smartphones with keyboards suddenly become sleek iPhone knock-offs. But several observers have noted that Samsung still produces several phones with full QWERTY keyboards. Android fans also note that the Samsung F700, which looks very similar to an iPhone, came out at roughly the same time as the ubiquitous Apple device (though not before, as is often believed).
Many others thought that Apple was acting foolishly trying to lay claim to the basic design of a large touch screen and rectangular shape.
Respected jurist Richard Posner seemed to agree when he effectively ended one of Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung last month, tossing out the case without a trial. He accused the patent lawsuits of growing to absurd levels, and of not really serving the interests of intellectual property.
But Apple doesn’t seem to have taken the hint. Just this week, they patented as yet undeveloped “5D technology”, which seems to cover a large range of interactive technologies. So I guess we can look forward to the patent wars stretching through the 21st century and beyond.
What do you think of the Apple/Samsung fight?