Leading Designers Side With Apple Against Samsung

Again, Dan Howarth for Dezeen:

Norman Foster, Calvin Klein and Dieter Rams are among over 100 high-profile designers that have sided with Apple as it continues an ongoing patent case against tech rival Samsung.

The design community has backed Apple after Samsung filed an appeal against a decision to award Apple $1 billion in damages for violating patents.

The 111 international design industry members submitted an amicus brief – a legal document that can be filed by non-litigants with a strong interest in the subject matter – to the US Supreme Court earlier today.

Signatories also include fashion houses Louis Vuitton and Dries Van Noten, tech firms Microsoft and Dyson, carmaker Bentley Motors, furniture company Knoll and jeweller Georg Jensen.

They are concerned that a decision in favour of Samsung could pave the away for a swathe of copycat products. Many of them hold patents that could be affected by future court decisions made based on this case.

Consider how the signatories, be it individuals or companies, are overwhelmingly American and European. While it presents the case as a very dichotomous East vs. West dispute, I can’t imagine the reality of things being that much different, especially when you factor in the anti-competitiveness of Chinese tech companies.

Source: Dezeen