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. DaveS

    The jury foreman was an idiot who could not follow the jury instructions and decided to come up with his own definition of prior art. And the other sheep on the jury just followed him. Our system is a mess. It needs to be burned to the ground.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    You all seem to be missing the point a little bit here. Apple investors spent billions of their hard earned dollars on the development of this technology. They have a right to a return on their investment, just like drug companies get to exclusively produce new drugs for a period of time..Apple should have that right too. I think a company absolutely has exclusive rights to circuit designs that they have developed.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Cage

      Are you telling me Apple spent billions of dollars inventing a rectangle with a silver band around it? C'mon man, use your brain. I think Apple suing Samsung for their designs as a whole being too similar, but not as individual items like slide to unlock and silver band on rectabngle with round corners, or icons in 4×4 column pattern. I'm curious now if Windows 8 can use its slide UP to unlock feature, or did apple patent slide in any direction to unlock? I mean, who invented the POWER button? Someone needs to sue over that and prevent any device from having a power 'button' of any sorts.

      September 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. think more

    well apple should just stop working with Samsung then. and samsung should stop selling its parts to apple that contribute to making iPhone. like seriously apple? you guys will be left out with a phone with bad cpu and memory. cause samsung rules in those areas. enuf said

    September 1, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Arne Gadeberg

    Steve Jobs was an IT genius. Too bad his personal qualifications didn't match that at all. He was a mean nasty man, emotional handicapped; a dictator when they are worst. All other products you own 100% when bought except Apple products, where you alone can download through apple aps. The world became a better place after Steve Jobs died. I hope the new president will let us get the full use of any Apple product. We have already once paid dearly for it. INstead of wasting their time on selfish lawsuits they should user their time and money creating decent working conditions and a resonable pay of their Chinese workers.

    September 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Feels good slandering a dead person that you didn't know, doesn't it?

      September 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Keith B Rosenberg

    Apple once took the stance that it invented the Graphical User Interface too. PARC put together the first GUI, which Apple stole, and the tablet was not inventged solely by Apple either.

    September 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      No, it wasn't stoken from Xerox PARC. There was an agreement. So many people comment on these boards that have absolutely no clue what they're talking about. It's sickening. Learn the facts before you start spreading incorrect info please.

      September 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • PC

      Chris, sorry to burst your bubble, but there was no agreement between Xerox and Apple for the transfer of technology. There was an agreement to allow Apple engineers to view the technology. In fact, Xerox had sued Apple over their use of the GUI at one point.

      September 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mako

    The people who are "pro" Apple love the verdict. The people who don't like Apple do not like the verdict. I for one... am glad to see that people can protect their products from being ripped off and repackaged. Samsung's phones are rip offs of the iPhone. Companies do this all the time. When something becomes popular – you clone it and repackage it. It's nice to see Samsung getting called out on it.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Hindenberg's Valet

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

    HERE'S SOME COMMENTS?!?!?!??!?! are you freaking messing with me? just to see if anybody's paying attention?

    let's try a test: why do we use that little " ' " ? it's because we left something out! perhaps a few letters, perhaps a part of a word. of course, the test to find out if you did it correctly is to try using the words without that little " ' " .... so let's try that:

    "here is some comments " ... wow. does that sound right? no? why? riiight.. that's because "comments" is plural, so we would use the word "are" with it instead of "is"

    "here are some comments." see how good that feels?! :)))))

    now ... if you HAVE to abbreviate, then i can see why "here's" flows much better than "here're"

    so next time, i dunno, proofread? use the whole word? pretend you work for a professional organization. pretend that professional organizations with output in the form of the written word care about using our language properly. pretend that the age-old tasks of "proofreading" and "editing" are still important for two reasons: number one, it helps people to understand what you are trying to say if you say. number two, even if they understand something written in pidgeon english, they will believe you to be uneducated and/or lazy and/or indifferent.

    i know. i lost you at grammar troll. but boy do i feel better now.
    *weeps for humanity*

    September 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. galvanizepus

    It is remarkable, rather valuable message

    P.S. What do you think about Windows 2012?

    September 10, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Applesuckscake

    Why would apple sue them, all phones look the same and are all based off the same model. Apple is stupid because every single new phone makes you pay twice as much as you should and the cords cost you a ridiculous amount of money. Theres a reason why theres lots of people that hate apple, myself included.

    September 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. icon-design

    I think it already was discussed, use search in a forum.

    P.S. Please review our icons for Windows and windows12icons.

    September 13, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rob

    Steve Jobs once said "good artists copy, great artists steal". I guess it was okay for Apple to steal but not the other way around.

    September 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DriftSS

    And Apple owes ABSOLUTELY everything of its existence to Xerox. Had they not taken Xerox's graphical user interface techonology that became the Mac, Apple would be long extinct and this whole debate would be irrelevant... P.S. Apple users are Lemmings just like Prius owners... Trying to have a status symbol to define them since they can't define themselves...

    September 17, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    The Galaxy S DOES look exactly like the Iphone. You're supposed to take somebody's idea and make it better, not take somebody's idea and make it slightly bigger.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    That said, if you put a silver rim around any smartphone and it'll look a lot like the Iphone

    September 17, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    Hey Apple; Didn't you steal from the UNIX OS as a base for your own?

    Screw Apple. Anything they can't sue, they make sure they aren't compatible with ANY other device that even slightly resembles their own.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
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