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Society: Purchases many different brands of laptops that all have the same design pattern.
\nManufacturers: We understand the basic laptop design just works and is a standard.
\nApple: We are going to take the portable computer one step further. Here is a Tablet designed computer.
\nConsumers: Will there be a smaller offering?
\nApple: Nobody will be interested in a small tablet design so we are offering a 10 inch.
\nSamsung: We will offer a tablet design as well.
\nApple: We will sue anyone that copies our tablet design.
\nSamsung: Apple shouldn’t be able to copy a standard ergonomical design.
\nAmazon: We are going to make our Kindle better.
\nConsumers: We really like this Kindle Fire and ergonomic size.
\nSamsung: We will release a 7 inch Galaxy.
\nConsumers: The Kindle Fire and Galaxy 7 are really cool and we love the size of both of these.
\nApple: We need to make a 7 inch tablet. There is a market for it.
\nApple: We are going to make a 7 inch tablet.
\nApple: Samsung is copying our original design. <\/p>\n
Apple can sue competition for copying their design yet proceed to copy the competiton’s popular size form factor. It’s hypocritical as it seems reminiscent of when Apple’s first laptop looked different and was on the verge of fail. So they changed the design to match the standard. Now they sue others for doing the exact same thing they did. <\/p>\n
While I may understand some software infringement issues, Apple’s hypocritical ways in standard form design, is what aggravates me. They took advantage of a broken patent system and abuse the litigational process to quell competiton.<\/p>\n