A Global Design Superteam Supports Apple in Copyright Case

After a law suit, a series of appeals, a payout and another appeal, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington upheld Apple’s claims that Samsung (a component supplier for Apple) did, in some ways, draw from Apple’s user interface and style and violated existing patents. That said, they also ruled that “the iPhone’s appearance could not be protected through trademarks.” And this was just as big a deal, because according to Core77 this “means that in the future, it may be up to judges and juries to interpret and decide what that [appearance] constitutes.” With that in hand, Samsung went straight to the Supreme Court for one more appeal. In defense of Apple and design protection, designer Charles Mauro rounded up 111 signatures from acclaimed designers including Dieter Rams, Norman Foster, Wallpaper Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers, designers from Bentley, Dyson, and Knoll, as well as those from the fashion world. When the Supreme Court addresses the case on 11 October, Mauro will present his brief with a powerhouse team in support of it.