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Judge Thomas Pender, expert in international patent law, and purveyor of the "Cheech and Chong" test. Thursday an International Trade Commission judge said Apple and Samsung’s ongoing patent case may...
06-01-2012, 01:27 AM #1
ITC Judge to Employ "Cheech and Chong" Test in Apple v. Samsung Patent Case
Judge Thomas Pender, expert in international patent law, and purveyor of the "Cheech and Chong" test.
Thursday an International Trade Commission judge said Apple and Samsung’s ongoing patent case may be decided by what the judge referred to as the “Cheech and Chong” test.
The judge in question is one Thomas Pender, according to Bloomberg. Pender commented that the case may come down to the aforementioned “Cheech and Chong” test first tried during the Salem witch trials, and later inspired the comedic duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. The test consists of identifying an object using the following qualifications: “Does it look like it, feel like it, and smell like it?”
For the 1970’s pop culture novice Cheech and Chong famously applied the above test in an attempt to decipher whether or not a substance they believed to be dog feces, was in fact dog feces. After applying each step of the test to the substance, they ultimately agreed the substance was feces and were happy they didn’t step in it.
The case to which Pender will likely apply this rigorous form of testing involves Apple’s allegations that the Samsung Galaxy Tab and smartphone lineups copied the look and feel of the iPad and iPhone.
Apple’s lawyers claim Samsung copied not only the overall design, but even “the smallest detail of the iPhone.” Samsungs retort claims the company arrived at the designs of their Galaxy products after spending $3.5 billion and decades of research. I really wish I was the R&D department that blew $3.5 billion and when asked what we came up with, just held up a spray painted iPhone. And got away with it.
Judge Pender will hear the Apple v. Samsung case through June 6 and will deliver his ruling on Oct. 5. Presumably demonstrating his conclusion via the Cheech and Chong test.
Source: Apple Insider
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 06-01-2012 at 01:48 AM.
06-01-2012, 03:45 AM #2
"I really wish I was the R&D department that blew $3.5 billion and when asked what we came up with, just held up a spray painted iPhone. And got away with it."
That's exactly what I was thinking!
06-01-2012, 06:09 AM #3
I was really hoping the "Cheech and Chong test" would force all of Samsung's lawyers, execs, and r&d, to all get super high....and THEN testify how they REALLY came up with "their" design... That would have been awesome! And a much better method of getting Samsung to tell the truth!El Zurdo
06-01-2012, 07:02 AM #4
Decades of research for plastic?!
06-01-2012, 07:51 AM #5
Is it me or is the writing in this article kind of slanted... I know this is an iPhone enthusiast site but I thought impartiality was still the order of the day when it came to journalists and their articles? Maybe I'm giving the writer too much credit by calling him a journalist.
06-01-2012, 09:12 AM #6
To say Samsung could easily have copied LG Prada instead of iPhone, after all they were the first to come out with smartphone with current configuration and yes even before iPhone came out. It is more feasible since they are both Korean company and before Apple was even on people's cellular radar. One might even say LG have a case against Apple iPhone copying their design.
06-01-2012, 10:06 AM #7
06-01-2012, 10:39 AM #8At a lost for words, but here are some anyway...
Mr. Swanson is brilliant and so, there is no need for Judge Pender (and Apple and Samsung to spend all these monies), as he has convincingly settled the infringement matters!
Quite frankly, I am not sure if my comments are relevant, as I believe this forum is biased towards all things Apple. I read it because I DO OWN an iPhone 3GS, but also want to LEARN more about new technologies. That said, I do read it with a huge grain of salt!
06-01-2012, 12:08 PM #9
06-01-2012, 12:43 PM #10
Umm, I don't think it's exactly the same, the OS is different and there is no physical home button.
06-01-2012, 02:15 PM #11
While I don't think he was challenging your whole body of work, he makes a valid point. My resume isn't as impressive as yours, but I do have a journalism degree. The point of a news article is to distribute the relevant information. Your personal opinion on the right or wrongdoing of Samsung really has no merit in the story. I could understand following up the post with your own critiques and opinions, but putting it in an article to sway other people's opinions violates the very principles you represent as a journalist.
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06-01-2012, 03:43 PM #12
06-01-2012, 03:51 PM #13
It sounds like this judge can smell the bull**** coming out of Samsung's mouth.
06-01-2012, 04:10 PM #14
06-01-2012, 04:53 PM #15
Guys, lay off. If you want better journalism than this, why don't you just make your own FREE news site? He doesn't influence your own free thinking, but just shows how ridiculous this is getting. Nice job, Phillip.
06-01-2012, 04:57 PM #16
Are you really trying to say that comments likeI really wish I was the R&D department that blew $3.5 billion and when asked what we came up with, just held up a spray painted iPhone. And got away with it.
06-01-2012, 06:49 PM #17
06-01-2012, 07:09 PM #18
Only an *** or an apple fanboy would say that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a copy of the iPad. considering not only the 20 or so differences between the two--Samsung released a tablet before anybody ever even thought of an iDevice let alone an iPad.
Id like to ask the apple cult where did they get the idea for......
- a portable multimedia device that plays music & video, displays photos, accesses email, surfs the web and can run mobile apps? I did all this on my Compaq iPaq (yeah, the original iDevice) back in the late 90's.
and yes, there were multiple "app stores" back then.
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06-02-2012, 02:57 PM #19
gotta agree that the apple fanboys are agreeing that apple will come out the winner of that test. I was thinking yay finally apple would lose. You pick up those devices and can easily see, yes they're similar, but they're definitely different. i love my iphone, but i still understand the apple is a money grubby greedy monopoly.
06-02-2012, 05:38 PM #20