As the whole world should know by now, Samsung was found guilty of infringing on Apple's
Sometimes a pinch is just a pinch
For Seinfeld watchers, this may harken back to an episode of that sitcom-about-nothing series where Jerry is enraged that Elaine's boyfriend, David Puddy, has stolen one of his "patented" foreplay moves. This technique involved a "swirl" at the end, the key to a satisfactory outcome, Jerry claims. So Puddy throws out the swirl -- to Elaine's disappointment.
Meanwhile, back in San Jose, Apple lawyers made the point that a satisfactory smartphone experience could have been designed into Samsung's handsets without Samsung's merely cutting and pasting Apple's "swirl" into the South Korean company's design.
But in a more-or-less left-handed compliment to the technological prowess of Nokia's engineers, Apple used Nokia's Lumia line of smartphones to illustrate that it is indeed possible to build a smartphone that doesn't have to blindly copy Apple's design. What the lawyers probably left out was that so far, those Microsoft
Now that Google's
By the way, Seinfeld's technique sometimes involved a pinch, too. But don't tell Apple.
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