re: Apple Worked A Broken Patent System
Design patents?.....well have a look at the LG Prada which came out in 2006 and compare it to the iphone 4 which came out in 2010. Notice anything familiar?.....Lets see,a rectangle with rounded corners. A centrally mounted screen, a bezel around the edge of the casing. A speaker located at the top of the screen area in the centre....Have a look at that and then tell me there is no prior art on the design. And the LG Prada is just one example of prior art int he design. Whether you like to admit it or not ( and I suspect not ) Apple copied others and they should never have been given patents on their design or trade dress in the first place. Like wise the screen with icons. have at look at the Blackberry phones from 2002. What do you see?...A screen with icons on it. Ask yourself this,why have Apple's cases been thrown out in the UK, the Netherlands, Australia and not Japan ( on a slightly different patent claim to the US and the other ones ). The answer is simple, these cases have all been tried by Judges and not juries and in every case, the Judges have checked prior art and found that it already exists and therefore, the relevant Apple patents have been classified as invalid. If Apple are correct, why has this happened? The simple fact is that Apple are well known for copying others technologies ( and have openly boasted about it ) and then had the audacity to sue others for doing exactly what they did themselves, and whilst you may have been suckered into believing Apple are the be all and end all, those of us who actually posses some intelligence, see straight though what Apple are doing and find it totally unacceptable.