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How explicitly can companies rip off Apple's designs? That's the question we posed recently to Christopher Carani, an IP lawyer with McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. and the former chair of the Industrial Designs Committee at the American Intellectual Property Law Association. As Carani described, despite obvious knockoff products coming from HP, Lenovo, Asus, Motorola, and other OEMs, it would still be difficult for Apple to make the case for design infringement, given how subjective the laws are and what a tough battle the company has already waged going up against Samsung over the issue.

We wondered though, despite wonky design patent and trade dress rules, could you tell Apple's designs apart from competing products? Here, a 10-question quiz to see if you can tell which products are designed by Apple, and which products are designed by competitors. We've removed logos and replaced backgrounds to make it extra hard. Good luck!
1. Double Take
Can you tell which one is the MacBook Pro?
2. Looks Familiar
Is this the MacBook Air?
3. Or Is This...
...the real MacBook Air?
4. Hmmm...
MacBook Pro?
5. Watch Closely
That's the iPod Nano watch, right?
6. Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me...
That's actually Scott Wilson's iPod Nano watch. I think.
7. I Know This Laptop
Clearly, the MacBook Pro, right?
8. Actually...
This is the MacBook Pro...I think?
9. My Favorite Tablet
This must be the iPad?
10. My Second Favorite Tablet
Or is this the iPad?
Answers
1. Lenovo IdeaPad, left, MacBook Pro, right
2. Asus ZenBook
3. MacBook Air
4. Lenovo IdeaPad
5. Motorola ACTV
6. iPod Nano, Scott Wilson's watch design
7. HP Folio 13
8. Macbook
9 & 10. Both are HP TouchPads

How many did you get right?

Quiz: Can You Tell The Apple Imitators From The Real Things?

How explicitly can companies rip off Apple's designs? That's the question we posed recently to Christopher Carani, an IP lawyer with McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. and the former chair of the Industrial Designs Committee at the American Intellectual Property Law Association. As Carani described, despite obvious knockoff products coming from HP, Lenovo, Asus, Motorola, and other OEMs, it would still be difficult for Apple to make the case for design infringement, given how subjective the laws are and what a tough battle the company has already waged going up against Samsung over the issue.

We wondered though, despite wonky design patent and trade dress rules, could you tell Apple's designs apart from competing products? Here, a 10-question quiz. See if you can tell which products are designed by Apple, and which products are designed by competitors.

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