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Shenzhen Great Long Brother Industrial Co., which produces the P88, a Windows-based, multi-touch tablet computer, is vowing to sue Apple for patent infringement as soon as the company launches the iPad in China. Claiming that the P88, which was announced last October, is “identical” to the iPad, Wu Xiaolong, president of Shenzhen Great Long Brother Industrial Co., said, “I was very angry and flabbergasted when I saw the news of the iPad presentation… It is certainly our design. They’ve stolen because we present our P88 to everyone six months ago at the IFA (International Electronics Fair in Berlin).” Wu went on to add that sales of the P88 in China would “definitely take a hit” should the iPad launch in China, and admitted that it would be difficult to take on Apple in the United States, but also said “if the iPad enters the Chinese market, we will sue them this spring.” While the P88 does share a slightly similar design, with a black front bezel surrounding a touch screen, the iP88 offers a variety of ports that the iPad does not, and overall more closely resembles the original iPhone than the iPad.

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1

Shenzhen Great Long Brother Industrial Co.?

they should save the money on the fruitless lawsuit and hire a better marketing director.

Posted by Dick Bacon on February 8, 2010 at 12:08 PM (CST)

2

in other news Ford is suing all other car manufacturers because like their car all others have 4 wheels

Posted by hydra-calm on February 8, 2010 at 12:33 PM (CST)

3

A bit of the “pot calling the kettle black” in my opinion. For decades, Chinese firms have basically ripped off, and even sold as rip offs, successful products created & developed by other companies.

I won’t venture into the “he said, she said” of whether SGLBIC’s claim is legitimate. But I will say that if the press has deemed the iPad a great big iPod Touch, then what does that make the P88? That’s right…a great big rip off of the iPod Touch!

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Posted by D9 on February 8, 2010 at 3:29 PM (CST)

4

I know, it’s gonna get the delete key, but FSCK China.
As was stated, they’ve grown by stealing American (and others) products for decades.
They undercut us and have helped drive us into the dirt.
Take a hike - please.

Posted by sb on February 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM (CST)

5

i think that P88 piece of s..t looks more like the windows version as well. and if you think about it they all look like that. so this meat head has nothing to fight with.

Posted by iRobb on February 8, 2010 at 9:50 PM (CST)

6

Two things:

1. Why did iLounge choose to call the Chinese maker of what is a pretty standard Windows based tablet an “iPad clone”?

It was announced first, doesn’t really attempt to mimic the iPad in any way other than being a tablet computer (these have been around for several years), and as pointed out doesn’t really resemble the iPad any more than any of the other touch based tablets out there or in development.

2. Threatening such a lawsuit is clearly nothing more than a way to drum up free advertising. Way to go on helping them with their cause.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on February 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM (CST)

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#6: (1) The Apple design patent for what became the iPad was published in 2004, and as noted in the linked article, a bunch of companies released designs drawing largely upon Apple’s ID for the iPhone. Titling the article “Chinese maker of something that sort of looks like iPad/iPhone vows to sue Apple” wouldn’t have really helped.

(2) I know Bob has communicated as much to you in a previous e-mail, but a final warning to you on this point - stop with the obnoxious comments, such as the snarky advice on what we should and should not be posting. If we believe that something is worthy of our readers’ attention, we’re going to post it. Moreover, even you couldn’t possibly think a single person is actually going to buy that clunky monstrosity based on our mention of it.

This hyperventilating about the iPad is getting really old - chill out and go back to using your iPhone if every little mention of the iPad gets you worked up so much.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on February 10, 2010 at 1:07 AM (CST)

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This isn’t hyperventilating, I simply see no reason to call this device an iPad clone. I’m merely suggesting you’re not being objective if any device which is basically a screen suddenly becomes an ‘iPad clone’ by virtue of Apple finally making one in 2010 even though they’ve been around for years. Calling their device an iPad clone is like them claiming Apple copied their design, neither seems a very strong case.

How about “Chinese tablet maker vows to sue Apple”? Truthful and accurate without the pro-Apple bias.

And part 2 is simply an honest assessment of their motives. Companies do this all the time. Maybe you should have run it, maybe you shouldn’t have, that really isn’t for me to decide (nor did I even suggest you shouldn’t have run it, so don’t know why you’re going there), but you can’t deny reporting the story doesn’t carry the proverbial two edged sword of helping this company drive up awareness of their product precisely because of the outlandish nature of their claims.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on February 10, 2010 at 1:27 AM (CST)

9

“Chinese tablet maker vows to sue Apple” leaves out the “why?” part of the story, which we’d prefer to include in a headline.

And pro-Apple bias? Because Starrett opted to conveniently refer to a clearly derivative industrial design as an iPad clone for purposes of a headline? Are you kidding me?

The “way to go on helping them with their cause” reference clearly stated that we were helping them to advertise their product by posting the story. You did suggest we shouldn’t have run it, pretty transparently, and with the obnoxiousness previously mentioned. Lay off.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on February 10, 2010 at 1:42 AM (CST)

10

The big picture here is the future of North American Export trade. You can laugh as much as you want. Hint:There were many laughs when Toyota showcasing their earlier products in the 60’s.

Posted by Fieldengineer on February 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM (CST)

11

doesnt the p88 not offer more power&memory; for the money.  i think apple really isnt trying to give you the best for your money instead they try to take your money and promise better in the future no usb no or little memory if you didnt try to pimp the product people might not look at clones at least china is making an effort to give people what they want..and yes im from the usa land of pimps..you want us to buy american do us right. who,s really getting fat.come on tell the truth..

Posted by killi on May 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM (CDT)

12

What do you expect from Chinese?
Cloned master!
What have western companies learned so far?

Posted by Won Ton on May 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM (CDT)

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