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[3]: No worries!
by Tony Swash on Wed 24th Aug 2011 16:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: No worries!"
Tony Swash
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The rubber-band patent was filed in December 2007. Compiz, the Linux compositing manager, has such an effect. Compiz was released at the beginning of 2006, so almost two years before.

Also CyanogenMod7 uses a different overscroll effect, which I actually prefer to rubber-banding.


Apple seem to think that they have a strong case, and it what wins legally that counts. My main point is about what Apple is trying to achieve through these legal actions. Just blocking competing products may be part of the strategy but there is more to it than that. Apple wants product differentiation.

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