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? "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 Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

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

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  1. glcp

    Apple might as well patent the air we breathe so (they) can sue everyone. Today's Patent Office is a joke anyway.

    August 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JC

    All I know is the second the Iphone came out every body and there brother were trying to copy it and the idea of it. Same with the Ipad It came out then all of a sudden everyone else had to do the same thing. Come on MS and others be original for a change stop trying to do what others do. just an opinion and observation. I love my apple stuff and am not changing for anything else. i've had them all just saying.

    August 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • S0MA

      so you are the original owner of one of HPs touchscreen rectangular desktops from the early 80s? you like apple cus they copied all the great designs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. especially the Braun/Dieter designs. but its ok cus you are a fan of apple so when they do it, its for the good of the consumer right? wake up! all they are defending is the notion that they stole it first!

      August 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. IA

    This patenting of ideas is bad for evolution of technology. If every single idea was patented, you would have a touchscreen phone with poor memory usage and bad speakers, and a keyboard phone with a crappy interface but awesome audio quality, and if one company patents 3G while another patents wi-fi then you wouldn't be able to have a phone that contained both.
    I don't care if samsung's phone was 100% identical and was called the iGalaxy, this lawsuit still should not stand. There should be a free market and free exchange of information and technology in the world. Apple should be able to outsell samsung by making it's product cheaper or at least matching cost because then people would have no reason to buy the copycat (i.e. cheaper version) smartphone.

    August 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Voice

    I think apple invented bricks as well, too bad for every single construction company they much 1 million dollards for each one they have used.
    Not to mentioned every product that starts with the letter " I " .

    August 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PiersW

    I'm all for people protecting their inventions and ideas but Apple have taken this way to far. Samsung and Apple both have scientists that gave them the technology which they built off of. It's in their court case witnesses.
    "Slide to Unlock" has be patented by Apple when if you were to be pedantic about, they've ripped off themselves. I've used numerous items where I've had to slide a button, blot or knob to unlock a box. Bolts on doors, they're slide to unlock. Patent systems shouldn't be allowed to be used to the idiotic levels that Apple use them.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KWS

    Look at the pictures. Look at the screen. You REALLY want to claim that Samsung didn't set out to rip off the iPhone? For legal reasons, Apple had to go with specific statements in specfic filed patents, that may look silly, but if you just look at those two screens, side-by-side, it's really much more obvious than the original Mac/Windows comparision, and everyone agreed that THAT was obvious way back when.

    Rectangles, rounded corners, whatever... the jury got it right because a rip off is a rip off!

    August 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • f4xtrafn

      Then so is virtually every flat panel TV that looks like another. And every light switch, all of which look alike. And shirts and socks and . . .

      August 30, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Snoob

      Come on people. Nobody bought a Samsung because it looked like an iPhone. What a bunch of nonsense. The OS is significantly different. Seriously... has anyone who supports Apple purchased a TV or any other major applicance? I mean come on. All TVs have essentially the same look and the same functionality. Some people do it a little different or they add additional features... just like Samsung but I don't hear anyone complaining about them.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. f4xtrafn

    I'm concerned the "rounded corner rectangle" patent police will come and sieze my Samsung 50" flat panel TV – or does Samsung own that or maybe Sony. Does anyone hold the "square corner rectangle" patent? Just waiting for the Europeans to go after Apple for monopolizing the "rounded corner" rectangle market.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |

    People saying that iphone is expensive... ummm the last time I bought the iphone I paid $200 with contract. I then bought a samsung galaxy s2 for $200 renewing my contract. I dont see how apple is much more expensive. Laptops is a different story. But we're talking about phones here right? or not...

    August 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. S0MA

    what with Microsoft implementing right-click in the OS and multi-button, multi-macro mice. clearly theft of Apple "innovation". silly kool-aid kids. 'waaah my apple device is better cus i want it to be... waaaah'

    August 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. S0MA

    i hope the Lotus Glass is so great that Samsung and Corning sell it to everyone at cost and to Apple at a premium. i hope samsung uses their fab in texas to reduce the cost of all devices across the globe. except the fruit devices. apple has now lived long enough to see itself the villain. congratulations; you are where you wanted to be all along.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. S0MA

    so apple proved that the 'we stole it first' notion holds up in court.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lance

    Since "slide to unlock" is now protected, I guess I'll have to develop "rub on genitalia to unlock" technology instead.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oakspar

      Zag to unlock, drag to unlock, connect points to unlock,

      (1) moving things on the screen is not copyrite
      (2) unlocking is not copyrite

      So, any other solution to the problem, which is universal, is not copyrite.

      The problem is, slide to unlock is not an innovation, it is a solution to a problem, and not even a terrible clever one.

      I wonder if whatever phone/computer had airport mode, a sleep or timeout function, or ICONS first can now sue apple for using basic functions someone else used fist.

      The real question should be, WHO WROTE THE CODE. If apple wrote code for slide to unlock and samsung wrote code for slide to unlock, then the code is different. Same thing, different programs, and not copyrite. If the code was copied, THEN apple has cause.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dappj

    How can you Rip off patents when samsung make a good percentage of Apple's processor and chip and they do business together. Some of the foreign courts threw the case out or ruled for Samsung

    August 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randall

      because the u.s. patent system is antiquated and broken. sadly politicians aren't motivated to do much about it much like they are letting the post office drown.

      September 2, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. graphics20165

    So I guess Ford should be taking every car manufacturer to court because they patented the car. Where would we be if that was the case?

    August 31, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Ford did not patent the car. Cars were being built before Ford ever made it's first automobile. Ford revolutionized the manufacturing process, and received patents where applicable. When those patents expired, others could compete accordingly.

      September 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Josh

    My grandmother has a kitchen table that's rectangular with rounded corners, and a shiny chrome band around its edges.

    Is Apple now going to sue my grandmother?

    August 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
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