Comments: 'Thank you Apple for confirming that you invented the rectangle'
A shop manager in South Korea shows Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S mobile phone, right, and Apple's iPhone 3G.
August 24th, 2012
09:59 PM ET

Comments: 'Thank you Apple for confirming that you invented the rectangle'

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. Here's some comments we noticed today.

Apple and Samsung have been involved in a long battle over the design of Samsung devices that Apple says were "ripped off" from iPads and iPhones. Samsung also countersued Apple for infringing on some of its patents. After a federal jury in California recommended Friday that Apple be awarded more than $1 billion in damages, readers are talking about patents and the ways people define product designs.

Jury: Samsung should pay Apple more than $1 billion

Many readers were outraged, saying Apple's suit appeared malicious.

Jerad Howell: "What a ridiculous verdict. There are only so many ways you can design a touchscreen device. Apparently, this jury believes that Apple should be allowed to have a monopoly on touchscreen tablets and phones."

ogive17: "Apple's new motto 'litigate, not innovate.' Yes, I wanted Apple to lose."

Stnley Kubrick: "This sucks. Sanity once again defeated."

But some said there were some obvious design similarities.

TheH0LYT0AST: "For the life of me I don't understand how anyone can look at the picture at the top of this article and say, 'What? I don't see anything wrong with that.' "

Clint4CNN: "GOOD! Samsung is a thief, and they got caught!"

Nicholas Bloom: "Like Apple needs the money. They charge an arm and a leg for their products. Fair is fair, though."

Some made jabs at the U.S. patenting system.

kalatu: "Thank you Apple for confirming that you invented the 'rectangle.' "

justanother1: "No, because they get patents like 'rounded edges' and 'making a line on a touch screen' and then use their million dollar lawyers to sue anybody that dares to compete against them."

Ribbons21: "It seems like Apple has been allowed to patent way way too many things. I use Apple products (laptop and iPad), but my phone is a Samsung galaxy nexus. Trying to sue competitors out of business because the patent office allowed patents like slide to unlock is just ridiculous in my opinion."

Others said they believe Apple's products were copied unfairly.

Bull31: "I agree. Samsung obviously ripped off Apple's technology."

wave9x: "Awesome win for innovation, terrible loss for copycats. Buh bye Samsung – try to come up with your own ideas. Doubt anything worthwhile will come of that!"

alientech: "Before the iPhone, smart phones had keyboards and looked like the Blackberry. After the iPhone, smart phones have touchscreens and look like the iPhone. Apple's idea was obviously worth copying."

Readers debated what was going on with Apple.

Tom Thompson: "This is why I dislike Apple products so much.Their hardware has always been cutting edge and pretty cool but this proprietary take-no-prisoners business model is the same reason they fell from grace in the '90s. Not only do they not play nicely with others, their devices don't either. Compatibility across platforms is an essential requirement for a piece of technology to proliferate. Once the Kool-Aid and novelty wears off people will wake up and realize it's not worth paying twice as much for a device and Apple will be left in the dust once again!"

Daktaklakpak: "No, the reason they fell from grace in the '90s was because of being continually ramrodded my Microsoft, and having all their software innovations blatantly ripped off by the competition. This is the first time in history that a major decision like this has gone Apple's way. It probably does have to do with them suddenly being the big kid on the block, but they deserved some vindication all along."

Does it matter to the end user?

809do.com: "This situation is getting annoying! It's like a bunch of male teenagers comparing their rod sizes! In the end, these legal battles will hurt the evolution of software and hardware technologies big time ..."

TheH0LYT0AST: "How is copying = evolving?"

What do you think? Do you take one side or another? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Hamsta

    My Samsung does things an iphone won't do, it's a better product. This lawsuit is stupid, it's like ford suing toyota for using an assembly line.

    August 25, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Galaxy

    Ferdinand Francis Fernandez, Pamela Ann Rymer, and Thomas G. Nelson
    Apple Computer, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir. 1994) was a copyright infringement lawsuit in which Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple Inc.) sought to prevent Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard from using visual graphical user interface (GUI) elements that were similar to those in Apple's Lisa and Macintosh operating systems. The court ruled that, "Apple cannot get patent-like protection for the idea of a graphical user interface, or the idea of a desktop metaphor [under copyright law]..."[1] In the midst of the Apple v. Microsoft lawsuit, Xerox also sued Apple alleging that Mac's GUI was heavily based on Xerox's.[2] The district court dismissed Xerox's claims without addressing whether Apple's GUI infringed Xerox's.[3] Apple lost all claims in the Microsoft suit except for the ruling that the trash can icon and folder icons from Hewlett-Packard's NewWave windows application were infringing. The lawsuit was filed in 1988 and lasted four years; the decision was affirmed on appeal in 1994,[1] and Apple's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • little fister

      Dr., I have an ident ity crisis. Too many people crowding in my head. Is pizza the answer?

      August 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Eds

    Apples just jealous that Samsung Products are so much better

    August 25, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. 🏃

    I've never liked Apple. They use Chineese laborers that are treated like slaves.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. 🏃

    Their iPads are way overrated. No USB ports.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Birds

    Flying creatures can now sue Boeing Aircraft.
    Next: Dung beetles v USA.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. 🏃

    Ditto

    Tom Thompson: “This is why I dislike Apple products so much.Their hardware has always been cutting edge and pretty cool but this proprietary take-no-prisoners business model is the same reason they fell from grace in the ’90s. Not only do they not play nicely with others, their devices don’t either. Compatibility across platforms is an essential requirement for a piece of technology to proliferate. Once the Kool-Aid and novelty wears off people will wake up and realize it’s not worth paying twice as much for a device and Apple will be left in the dust once again!”

    August 25, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Beavers local 312

    Beaver v Hoover Dam

    August 25, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sparky

    Lightning v Ben Franklin
    Lightning v Nikola Tesla
    Lightning v Thomas Edison
    Lightning v coal

    August 25, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fred

    Apple is only perpetuating it's Image as one of the meanest least caring mega corporations in the world. I hope this will hurt their sales. They outsource virtually all of their jobs – overcharge for their products. Their things are mfg in slave towns in china.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Fred

    The occupiers also need to boycott Apple. It is the Monty Burns Simon Legree of tech corporations. It is ran by creeps that only care about profit.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Technicaly speaking. You cannot sue over a pre existing geometric shape. This would be like the largest bearing manufacturer in the world, being sued over not being the original inventor of the sphere (ball bearing). It is common knowledge of a pre existing geometric shape.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. 🏃

    That's not a very funny joke.

    August 25, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Goldstein

      A married couple are walking down the road and the guys artificial leg falls off. The wife runs back to get the leg but it is very heavy. She has to drag it along the sidewalk. The husband says "you're pulling my leg.".

      August 25, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Old Ben

    L O L ! That's a funny one ! 🙂

    August 25, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kenny Rogers

    Thank you so much. I will be here all day trolling and joking. I only pick on girls though, I know I am a pathetic person.

    August 25, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Goldstein

      ou are Awesome, Good Kenny Rogers. Dont sell yourself short.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
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