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[2]: No worries!
by unoengborg on Wed 24th Aug 2011 20:25 UTC in reply to "RE: No worries!"
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So Apple are happy with every little victory that chips away at the Android interface, knocking off features taken from iOS one by one, because at the end Apple know they will have the polished UI that delights and Androids UI will plod.

The problem is that Apple is not the only boy in town that can come up with good design. Look at the new notification sytem in iOS, that they have copied from Android, or the Command Shell in OS-X Lion that they copied from Gnome Shell, or the new Lion account settings panel that they copied from KDE.

If companies start to fight over such trivialities we will end up with products that have less than optimal user interfaces regardless if they com from Apple or someplace else.

The level for what should be unique and patentable must be raised or both the consumers and the manefacturers will suffer.

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