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: Comment by Morgan
by rikkirakk on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
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I say with no shame that I buy and enjoy Apple products - I own an iPhone, a Macbook Pro and have purchased iPods in the past. I guess I'm a dirty "whore" as well. :-)

Still, I had really hoped that both Apple and Samsung had not come out of this unscathed. I feel this patent warfare is turning into a situation of mutually-assured destruction where all but the wealthiest businesses in the world will be able to release anything, and when they do they'll be watered down and neutered in order to avoid infringing the patent minefield.

It's telling that Gruber hasn't commented on this yet. I suspect even he sees a grey-cloud behind the silver lining.

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