On July 30, 2012 the jury had to decide one of the messiest court cases in smartphone history. The Apple vs. Samsung case. This Ignite presentation provides a quick overview of the case and compares some numbers.
We’ll cover the case Apple’s made against Samsung, what Samsung said against Apple, do a quick review and then explore the implications of the case. What is decided here will have a significant impact on consumers.
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So the first things mentioned were three of Apple’s patents, tap to zoom, slide to scroll, and pinch to zoom.
They also argued that the Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab copied hardware design patents first seen on the iPhone and iPad. This includes the button on the bottom, speaker position and body style.
Apple claimed Samsung’s modification of Android resembled iOS’ icons too closely, featuring rounded edges and a similar set of icon styles.
This is a little obscure, but basically Samsung said Apple stole a music animation. It merely indicates that music is playing in the background as you do other things on your phone.
Apple wins, gets $1 billion from the case. All of Samsung’s claims were ignored. The only thing Apple lost was iPad/Tab similarity. Guess how the South Korea court handled it? They banned both products! iPhone and Galaxy S phones cannot be sold.
The question is, did Apple score a cash grab, did Samsung get some media attention, or do companies like Nokia and Microsoft have a better chance at the mobile market with their unique design? These implications affect consumers tech lovers of today. I’m David Kimball, thanks for listening