Copycat practice part of doing business
The Kansas City Star
Whether it’s detective stories, reality TV or dishwashing detergent, copycat practices are a way of doing business in America.
But that’s also why the U.S. District Court victory for Apple against Samsung smartphones and tablet products in San Jose, Calif., has the potential to roil the corporate products and services landscape. The jury said Apple patents protected several designs and functions, which Samsung violated.
Expect an appeal.
Also expect corporate espionage to continue. Ours is a monkey-see-monkey-do capitalist system in which products are copied and secrets are spirited away.
Suddenly a competitor is marketing something similar to another company’s latest innovation. That practice is as old as American business, and it will likely continue because what’s new and what works is what consumers want.
Companies will just have to be a little more clever about how they swipe, manufacture and market what they’ve copied.