Even Samsung's Lawyers Can't Tell the Difference Between Its Tablet and an iPad

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Apple says Samsung's blatantly ripped off its device designs. Not true, Samsung replies! Too bad its lawyer blew that argument harder than a hydrogen bomb blowjob: they couldn't tell the difference between a Galaxy Tab and iPad. In court.

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Reuters reports the horrific embarrassment: when a Samsung attorney was asked by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh whether they could tell which tablet was which, what was the response? "Not at this distance, your honor."

Gulp. I really can't imagine any possibly worse answer, other than saying, "There is no difference, your honor. Please ban us from selling our products. Please." What followed might be even more painful:

"Can any of Samsung's lawyers tell me which one is Samsung and which one is Apple?" Koh asked. A moment later, one of the lawyers supplied the right answer.

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Christ. What can even happen from this point forward? How can Samsung's legal team look any judge in the face and argue that their device didn't copy the Apple product that came before it? Whether this copying is illegal in its extent is for the court to decide, but today, Samsung essentially admitted the Galaxy Tab is identical to the iPad. Apple must be feeling smug, even if they're not getting their massive American injunction (yet). [Reuters via AllThingsD]

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Go to your local electronics store and walk to the section where all the flat screen TVs are hanging on the wall.

If you removed all of the brand names at the bottom center of the bezel, you would have NO IDEA who manufactured the TV. They're all big screens (probably the same screen manufacturers shared between 2 or more brands) with .7 to 2.5" black bezels. And not just TVs. Even the biggest electronics geek wouldn't be able to tell what brand he was buying if he went in for Speakers, Amp, monitor, camera, Phone, computer, laptop, tablet, PC monitor, kitchen appliances. Devices with similar function carry similar design.