Originally Posted by uglygolfer
That's all you got to present as evidence that Samsung is a perpetual copycat, it's a weak argument. Every technology company gets sued over for patent infringements or for copying generic shapes. Please name ONE S&P500 technology company that has never been sued for patent infringements?
By the same argument, you can say that Motorola copied RIM's Blackberry in the first place (landscape screen + QWERTY keypad). WM6 (non-professional version), per MS's mandated form factor, can't be too creative in terms of creating an original design.
Does it also mean that Apple has been ripping off others' ideas? The Apple Lisa (precursor to MacIntosh) copied the Xerox Star. One can also argue that the iPhone was a copy of LG's Prada Phone if Apple wants to argue that Samsung copied its physical and icon shapes. How about the countersuit filed by Samsung against Apple (which some consider a lot more substantial than Apple's suit)?
I don't even know what "three stars" got anything to do with your argument.
BTW, I am not a Samsung fanboi or have any vested interest in protecting Samsung. The only Samsung products I have are my Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S) and Samsung Focus phones.
Those were just other examples where they knocked off other companies designs rather than coming out with anything truly innovative (like their rabid fanboys are always claiming).
At one point, they were actually banned from selling a number of their LCDs in Europe and the US due to their patent infringements.http://www.pcworld.com/article/18877...ent_cases.html
And looks like you completely glossed over the other Pioneer violation:http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...msung_sdi.html
It's their standard practice - make a knockoff, if they can't do it without violating IP then just commit patent theft, then ramp up production and sell a lot while focusing on denying warranty claims whenever possible rather if there's any leeway for them to do so. Use that money "saved" by screwing the customer to make more sets etc.. to sell to people who don't bother checking if their warranty will actually be honored.
People who've had their plasmas spontaneously crack are NOT the only people who've had trouble with Samsung warranty service... even on things that were supposedly covered. Look through threads on avs if you don't believe me.
Regarding more patent violations, feel free to do some searching on your own either here or google. I'm pretty sure I remember there being more IP violations but I just don't have time to look it up (like most things) everytime someone asks a question.
This may make me sound like a Samsung hater. I'm not. They make good products, but I disagree with their business practices. I have some low-value Samsung products and are happy with them, but I don't have any plans to even consider them for big-ticket items where I stand to lose a lot of money if things go wrong and they decide to screw me over on warranty (like they have so many others).