Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Aug 2011 13:58 UTC
Legal Breaking news from my swamp home country The Netherlands: the Dutch court has just banned the sales of all Galaxy S, SII and Ace smartphones in the entire European Union. The judge has ruled that Android 2.x violates Apple's 868 patent which covers scrolling through photos on a touchscreen. Only this one patent is violated - the complaints about two other patents as well as the design patents has been thrown out. In other words, the judge did not agree with Apple that Samsung is copying Apple's design. The injunction only covers the Galaxy smartphones, since they run Android 2.x; Android 3.0 does not violate the patent in question, and hence, sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can continue. In fact, only the Gallery application violates the patent in question, and Samsung has already stated it is going to replace this application on all new Galaxy smartphones from now on - sales won't even be interrupted. In other words - two patents thrown out, design stuff rejected, and only one patent complaint upheld which will cause no harm to Samsung. Apple just scored a meaningless victory. The Dutch court order is here. The pictures speak thousands of words.
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RE: Hmm... - a guess
by jabbotts on Wed 24th Aug 2011 15:19 UTC in reply to "Hmm..."
jabbotts
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2007-09-06

I'll offer an uneducated guess:

Android 2.x - transition affect between images in gallery app looks too similar to IOS transition affect between images in gallery app.

Android 3.x - transition affect between images in gallery app does not look too similar to IOS transition affect between images in gallery app.

Either way, I can't see how flipping between displayed images using a touch interface can justify a truly non-obvious unique method which justifies patent protection. Do they also take medical advice from crackheads because that apears to be the maximum qualification one needs to issue or make legal decision on patents these days.

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