A lot of design patents such as the one Apple is using to sue Samsung are either obvious or have been demonstrated in labs else where, as is shown here.
The real innovation in packaging, the software and the others are stronger contenders and these should be explored.
A common theme lawyers use in patent lawsuits is called interference: they pick apart elements of the claim by using "prior art," such as previously published patents, papers, other articles etc by pulling out similarly sounding names, something that is close and then claim that a combination of all these elements where ever they maybe... invalidates the specific element in the claim, the claim or the patent itself.
However in this case, the Jury is not educated in nuances of patent law and is obvious to any any one the picture of the Knight Ridder tablet is the same as an iPAD.
One has to look at a lot of patents issued such as for folding a napkin, mounting nuts on board etc etc... double clicking or using finger gestures to size and re-size things should not be patentable...at this rate my 3 year old son who use his finders to pretend he is sizing and re-sizing his imaginary space ship is infringing on the patents in some realm.
A lot of patents filed are useless and big companies are guilty of it too.
So it will be interesting to see how this turns out. Do not always believe it when big companies cry foul about patents and patent laws, they do not give anything for free either!. You infringe on any of their patent they come after you with a vengeance... you copy something of theirs they cry mommy and use all their resources to quash you.
Very interesting to see the likeness on the "prior art". If jury is applies common sense, and thier attention is focus on product look only, I find it hard to believe that Apple's claims would go far on the form-factor front.
I think Apple's legal team should be forcing the focus on the GUI software and other techincal merits, IMHO
I wonder how long it will take to reach a verdict? If memory serves (could be not remembering correctly), didn't they have something like the tablet on some of the early StarTrek shows? It seems to me that patenting the obvious should be off limits and stopped at the patent office prior to issuing the patent.
Apologies to the jury, but it is absolutely bizarre that they are not patent experts when the case revolves around infringement and the odds are $2,5 billion. It is not only the patent system that is broken, but the legal system looks about as ethical as the banking sector. It's all about money, but I hope the patent system starts to clear out the trolls, like the Moore portfolio microprocessor patent as a start.