Apple Is Also Suing Motorola Over the Xoom Tablet Design

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't the only tablet on Apple's lawsuit radar. Foss Patents unearthed a paragraph from the Samsung complaint which mentions that Apple also filed a complaint against Motorola, related to the design of the Xoom tablet.

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That passage says that Apple filed with the same court (district court of Düsseldorf) a complaint over the design of the Motorola Xoom, but it doesn't state whether that complaint included a request for a preliminary injunction. While it's not stated explicitly, I suppose that the complaint against Motorola also asks the court for an EU-wide injunction — but perhaps just for a permanent injunction without a previous preliminary one.

Apple also filed a lawsuit against German company Jay-tech, who also manufacture tablets. Moral of the story: they think everyone is stealing from them. [Foss Patents]

DISCUSSION

I have to say, I find it rather obnoxious that no one is putting even a modicum of effort into designing a tablet that doesn't look like an iPad. It doesn't take all that much effort to be more creative than Apple.

That said, it's outrageous that Apple feels compelled to sue over a design that, while being attractive, is rather generic. How about lighting a fire under your industrial designers and come up with something different for a change? That's what a truly competitive company does instead of relying on courts and governments to protect you from any and all challenged.