Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:54 UTC
Legal And just like that, within a matter of days, the jury has reached a verdict in Apple vs. Samsung. The basic gist is simple: Apple's software patents are valid, and many Samsung devices infringe upon them. Apple's iPhone 3G trade dress is valid, and Samsung's Galaxy S line infringes, but other devices did not. Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad design patent. Apple did not infringe any of Samsung's patents. Apple is awarded a little over $1 billion in damages. Competition lost today, and developers in the United States should really start to get worried - software patents got validated big time today.
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RE: Everybody wins
by jigzat on Sat 25th Aug 2012 00:14 UTC in reply to "Everybody wins"
jigzat
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I agree with you, it should not come as a surprise for some of the commenters since I am an Apple user but if you analyze carefully it will in the future force companies to come to agreements like the Apple-Microsoft one and stop fighting each other. The law is clear, the companies that hold patents are forced to license it under a fair or competitive price.

As I pointed out even Apple has licensed and pay damages for things like one-click-buy, the click-wheel of the first iPods, and the column-view present in every product. It had to pay or came to an agreement with Apple Corp (The Beetles company).

On the other hand is a sad day for start-up development efforts but that is another subject.

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