Take a look at these designs in dispute and weigh in with your opinion.
In tech, imitation isn't the sincerest form of flattery; it's the surest path to a patent lawsuit.
To say that Apple and Samsung are "meeting" in court this week would be incorrect. The two have tangled too many times to call it that. This latest case focuses on design, with Apple claiming that Samsung devices like the Galaxy Nexus and Tab copy the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad.
In documents filed in the case last week, Apple's attorneys argue, "Samsung once sold a range of phones and a tablet of its own design. Now Samsung's mobile devices not only look like Apple's iPhone and iPad, they use Apple's patented software features to interact with the user."
Apple is asking $2.5 billion as compensation for what it says is the infringement of four of its design patents—two for the iPhone and one each for the iPad and the iOS GUI. Although to Apple design is in the details, some of those details are missing in its patents, making for interpretation open to judges and juries.
In a sit-down with Wired this week, Samsung chief product officer Kevin Packingham said, "For us, it's unreasonable that we're fighting over rectangles, that that's being considered as an infringement, which is why we're defending ourselves."
Which "rectangles" will ultimately be shown in the courtroom is the subject of legal contention, but the phones and tablets in this slideshow are the ones that Apple has put forth as evidence. Take a look through them and weigh in with your opinion of which qualify as infringement in the comments section.
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