Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 07:50 UTC
Legal "After weeks of witnesses, prototypes, and one last failed settlement talk, it came down to this: Apple and Samsung's closing arguments in what is very likely the tech trial of the century. The day saw both sides landing heavy blows before sending the case off to the jury - where anything can happen." The jury has to contend with 109 (!) pages of instructions and a verdict form consisting of whopping 22 pages with over 700 (!) verdicts to make - and they have to be unanimous. This is beyond ridiculous, bordering on the clinically insane. With several options for appeal still open, there is nothing to be gained from this. It's a circus.
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RE[7]: Resistance is Futile...
by orfanum on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 16:57 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Resistance is Futile..."
orfanum
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I didn't know I was on Thom's team (I don't mind as such ^^) but, well, what Thom said - it's a question of whether any company, if it is going to make recourse to the law rather than the market, will generally feel itself bound by the law.

The turtle-neck pullover thing was an attempt at humour, it's not entirely salient but it does pointedly echo Samsung's claim that Apple is merely wanting to copyright a large screen with rounded corners - rather a catch-all description that might cover many objects in many environments.

Whether Apple Corps and Apple Computer/Inc. settled eventually regarding the point I am making is neither here nor there, except to the extent that it's obvious to me that once Apple has a goal, it will use almost any tactic (I think in the past it has adopted all these: the law, wheedling, persuasion, money, cease-and-desist) to get there.

Why a company that seems to perform so well in the market anyway, that claims it produces what consumers want, and therefore in my view should be happy to let the market decide (they are good capitalists after all, are they not, being now the richest company 'of all time'?), has this other corporate culture seemingly I find just *odd*.

And if you want a contrast regarding the question of how to handle a dispute around branding differently, just look at the recent 'Metro' case.

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