Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 19:34 UTC
Legal And yet another ruling. In April this year, Apple sued Samsung over several design patents and a single software patent regarding various Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Late last night, US District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung. The actual ruling, though, is a mixed bag - Samsung is found infringing (but it's a "close question") on Apple's design and software patents (no real patents in play here, folks), but Apple has failed completely in providing any form of proof that Samsung is causing irreparable harm to Apple.
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How about this...
by OSGuy on Sun 4th Dec 2011 06:59 UTC
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Apple Instructs Samsung On The Finer Points Of Tablet And Smartphone Design from:

The Verge has provided a cogent summary of some alternative design options described by Apple:

Front surface that isn't black.
Overall shape that isn't rectangular, or doesn't have rounded corners.
Display screens that aren't centered on the front face and have substantial lateral borders.
Non-horizontal speaker slots.
Front surfaces with substantial adornment.
No front bezel at all.

As for tablets, Apple identified a similar list of alternative designs available to Samsung:

Overall shape that isn't rectangular, or doesn't have rounded corners.
Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
Front surface that isn't entirely flat.
Profiles that aren't thin.
Cluttered appearance.

This is so sad and pathetic. Has anyone shown LG's Prada to the judges?

There is also: "Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in Australia again" - Earlier this week, Samsung got the three judge panel of the Federal Court of Australia to unanimously overturn a previous court ruling that banned the sale of tablet back in August. The original ban was set up because Apple claimed that the "look and feel" of the touch pad for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet was infringing on Apple's patents.

Today the High Court decided to extend the ban once again so that it can have time to hear Apple's appeal of the case. A hearing which will determine whether or not the High Court will actually take the case will be held on December 9.

Edited 2011-12-04 07:07 UTC

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