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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It's a mistake to involve a jury
by darknexus on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:36 UTC
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The instant you bring a typical American jury in on a matter like this, it becomes a public recognition war as opposed to an unbiased legal judgement. In this country, no matter how much one rails against it, Apple are a very strong brand if not the strongest at the moment. Apple didn't buy any of the courts, for the simple reason that they didn't need to. The thing to remember about most of our jurors is this: They were so stupid they couldn't even figure out a way to get out of jury duty. Bring people like that in, actively remove those with any tech knowledge, and the only thing surprising about this verdict is how quickly it was reached. Even I, a cynic if ever there was one, expected to take at least a week.
Of course, it's far from over. I doubt Samsung is just going to walk away. The pointless saga continues. Excuse me while I go get myself some popcorn and an ice cold beer.

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