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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by Morgan on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:02 UTC
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I have a close personal friend who is an admitted "Apple whore" (his words) and loathes Android. He is obviously cheering for Apple with this outcome, but once he's come down off of his high I'm going to ask him what he thinks about the impact this will have on innovation and the further abuse of the patent system. He doesn't work in the IT industry so his take will be interesting.

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