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 NathanHill on Sat 25th Aug 2012 00:35 UTC in reply to "Everybody wins"
NathanHill
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2006-10-06

Thanks for this comment by the way - feels like a bit of balance that this site needs.

It's a tough situation. Samsung is not the good guy here - they are just a big corporation that is making money on someone else's creativity and hard work.

I'm okay with patents. I understand how they can be abused and am very wary of that. New developers and inventors need to be encouraged... but they need to be encouraged to develop something new. I think companies who create have a right to win and protect those new ideas. And yet, when you create something new, you got to expect that people are going to figure out a way to duplicate your stuff eventually... if it's profitable.

At the end of the day, no one innovates by first thinking about patents - they think about ideas, solving problems, and enhancing people's lives.

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