SAN JOSE -- One of the guilty pleasures of covering a multi-billion dollar patent infringement case like Apple v. Samsung is you get permission to read the emails of industry executives, including luminaries like Steve Jobs. So, go ahead indulge yourself. Believe me, the rest of the tech world is doing it, too.
Let's start with a little one that's already generated a lot of buzz. Eddie Cue, head of Apple's retail outlets, sent an email to Apple's Tim Cook arguing the company ought to build seven-inch tablets. He argued that Steve Jobs was "very receptive" to the idea.
Read it again. They're talking about using a clickwheel with numbers around the periphery as a replacement for the standard cell phone numeric keypad. Apparently Samsung had done that (news to me) and Steve thought they screwed up by not having the numbers 3, 6 and 9 match their positions on a clock.
Great reading. Shows what everyone knew all along: both companies benchmark and evaluate other products and ask themselves what they can do to incorporate and build on the features and capabilities they find. I am no lawyer or judge, but I would argue that the Jobs email is the most damming of all.
Would love to be a juror on this one.
I know I'm not seeing the whole picture just from these selected emails in this article, but what I see so far is not convincing of either side's case. Also, the timeline is unclear from the dates of these emails. Who allegedly copied who, and when?
The emails are interesting but not core to the case, IMHO. They establish industry practice is to examine in great detail competing products.
The emails do not speak directly to whether Samsung copied Apple's patented technologies.
This will the most ridiculous lawsuit of the century, if it wouldn't be happening. Apple's great competitive position is only due to good design and good marketing. The technology itself comes from others (e.g. Samsung in Korea). Even the assembly is done in China. Get real!
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