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Dear fellow experts,
I'm sure many of you have heard about the violation of patient laws Apple holds against Samsung, and I'm sure you have opinions favoring either. Some might say that this is down-right B.S. (along with myself), but I would like to hear some opinions on the matter. But first, here is something to think about before posting your comments:
Sure, it is the most popular phone on the market, and sure they made technology more "mainstream," but let's look at the direction Apple is going as of right now.
Apple has more legal battles than any other company (in the mobile phone aspect) and also the most bridges burned. For example, this lawsuit will potentially halt trust in business and production on the A5X chip that Samsung manufactures for Apple on the New iPad (aka iPad 3).
From a legal standpoint, Apple does have the upper hand holding the patients to features we all know and love. I can't imagine a smartphone where you can't use pinch gestures, swipe to unlock, or even a phone that doesn't look like a smartphone (trade dress). If we didn't have these features, we would appear very lame at work showing off a new app on a flip-phone. I'm sure all of you will agree, who wouldn't laugh at a "Zack Morris" phone if you saw one?
Funny how some Apple acolytes say, "Apple did it first," but oblivious to know that most of the features they actually didn't come up with. Some companies that did come up with awesome ideas ended up getting "gobbled up" by Apple. "Oh, they have a good idea...Let's buy them!" became a common saying on the Apple board meetings. Nothing is bad about that statement at all, it makes a lot of sense and is a great business strategy that every successful company does. After all, it's about making money. But you still can't say they did it first...
Samsung and Android phones:
Awesome as they may be for having an open source OS with many free apps everyone can enjoy, they are in clear violation of patient laws. Shame on them for stealing Apple ideas, right?! Wrong!
The patients that Apple holds on "intellectual property" are mostly bologna. Features and ideas they hold patients for have been around before Apple acquired them. For example, the "trade dress" patient they hold is for the look, shape and feel of the smartphone design, which has been around since the heavy Nokia era. Appeared to me that since no one held a patient, they decided to get one. Much like the way people tie their shoes; some use the bunny ears method, and some use the "loop, swoop, and pull." Apple saw that, and capitalized on the LSP patient.
Open source is the greatest invention ever! Responsible for the idea of free software, and the freedom to use/modify any part in an OS or application makes me happy in the pants. I can go on and on about this but for the sake of time, I won’t go too much into it. If anyone having a huge "brain-er" about open source, watch "Revolution OS" on Netflix. Long live Ubuntu!
Samsung makes very good hardware for the price (I'm way frugal). Their designs are elegant, sleek, and clean. Their clearity makes me want to get rid of my glasses and get lacy corrective.
Conclusion (most importantly, the fate of Apple):
My opinion is that Apple is burning every bridge they are crossing. Please don't get me wrong, I have equal loves for Apple, Android, and Microsoft's OS, but this lawsuit does make Apple look small. Sueing your competition out of the country doesn't make you a stronger company. It would actually make your competition stronger with the arguments you have made in court.
A designer of the iOS said someone gave her a Galaxy phone to play with, and she swore she thought it was an iPhone. Somehow, she thought this would help Apple's case, but in fact that said to the consumer "Why buy an iPhone if the Galaxy is half the price and looks the same?" Win!
If you feel Android and Samsung actually won this case and have similar thoughts as the paragraph above, I would also like to hear what you have to say. Thanks!