Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Oct 2011 19:05 UTC
Legal Yes, I'm hearing you guys - time to tone down a bit on the patent news. Hence, a summary here of recent developments concerning the various legal cases between Samsung and Apple. Today in The Netherlands, the judge ruled [Dutch] that Samsung will not be able to block the iPhone/iPad from the Dutch market. In the meantime, the Australian courts upheld the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, while the American courts ruled that while the Tab indeed infringes upon Apple's design patents, Apple has not yet convinced the judge that that actually matters. Tying this all together with earlier rulings we already covered - it seems like judges across the world are really, really willy-nilly. Update: DailyTech has some detailed visual comparisons between Samsung's and Apple's devices, as well with the various design patents. Huh. You don't say.
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RE[6]: The real loser...
by Neolander on Sat 15th Oct 2011 20:06 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: The real loser..."
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Yeah, the problem of independent inventions does exist too, especially when patents become very broad, like software patents can be in some countries (where one could patent keyboard layouts or Turing machines, given sufficient patent application wording obfuscation).

It's not only about software, by the way. For this year's science festival, a lab at my university has built a flying skateboard based on superconducting levitation. Very fun stuff, I gave them some help for taking care of the stand.

Now, they have decided to patent the device too, with the aim of selling it to Disneyland and others. And this I feel a bit uncomfortable with, depending on what exactly is patented. Is it this specific vehicle design ? The idea of an individual superconducting vehicle ? The idea of a vehicle using superconducting levitation at all ?

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