@eewiz Sure, I dont have any background of IP ( I wish I never have to deal with it ) but what I said is a general disgust against the practice of patenting absurd things (remember Amazon's one click payment). Ornamentally or so, 'the oh so awsome looking phone' can easily resemble an earlier made candy box (just a thought) which probably no one bothered to patent. I observe this is due to ever shrinking margins and competitors just want to use every tact up their sleeve to oust others.
@ guns. Clearly you dont have any background in IP and related stuff. You may want to read my reply to a similar comment in this post.
@guns so true. Imagine what would have happened if Dennis Ritchies who invented C and Unix patented them? We wouldn't have seen softwares based on C and Unix. I feel Apple is mis-using its muscle/money power.
@dylan.mcgrath, I totally agree with your observation. Its surprising to know that such a small team designs the apple products. This team clearly knows what the end users like and I eagerly waiting to see the next big product release after iPAD.
Moreoever, from what I gather, Samsung actually has several different design teams working -- in parallel -- on the same project.
They fierecely compete among themselves.
So, if you are a chip supplier thinking that your chip will be in Samsung's next Phone (because you are making so many trips to Korea to support Samsung's design team), chances of your chip gets actually designed into Samsung's next phone is...well...not guaranteed. That team you have been supporting all this time could lose out in the internal race.
What kind of patent absurdity is this? Patenting rectangular side, rounded sides blah blah..This is detrimental to innovation.. I can think of thousand things that could have been patented which would have not made it possible to develop the 'oh so passionately designed phone' in first place.
This story gives us a glimpse of what's going on at a design team of otherwise a very closed company -- Apple.
Because truth to be told, none of those people who are now appearing in the court has ever been made available for interviews or for the public to know who they are.
Yeah unlike Samsung that makes a bazillion phones in many styles for many different kinds of users and markets, Apple makes one phone and one tablet a year and may fuss over it for a looong time. Very different approaches.
Also Samsung does lots of user surveys and pours over them. Apple prides itself on doing no user surveys.
It's pretty interesting (and surprising) to me that Apple's products are designed by such a small team, and that they've been together for such a long time. Maybe that's not atypical, but it's not what I would have expected.