In the ongoing legal tussle between technology giants Apple and Samsung, the Cupertino-based manufacturer of iDevices has offered some advice to Samsung on how the company could avoid these patent issues.
In section 2-40 and 2-41 of the redacted public legal brief (pdf), Apple offers alternative smartphone designs Samsung could have used instead:
-Front surfaces that are not black or clear
-Front surfaces that are not rectangular, not flat, and without rounded corners
-Display screens that are more square than rectangular or not rectangular at all
-Display screens that are not centered on the front surface of the phone and that have substantial lateral borders
-Speaker openings that are not horizontal slots with rounded ends and that are not centered above the display screen
-Front surfaces that contain substantial adornment
-Phones without bezels at all or very different-looking bezels that are not thin, uniform, and with an inwardly sloping profile.
The tablet alternatives Apple felt Samsung should have explored are similar:
-Overall shapes that are not rectangular with four flat sides or that do not have four rounded corners
-Front surfaces that are not completely flat or clear and that have substantial adornment
Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface
-Profiles that are not thin
-A cluttered appearance
Does this mean that Samsung could have avoided all the hassles if it had made a triangular or circular tablet?
source : pc world