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[2]: Everybody wins
by pgeorgi on Sat 25th Aug 2012 07:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Everybody wins"
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The law is clear, the companies that hold patents are forced to license it under a fair or competitive price.

They're not. You can build a total barrier to whatever market you got covered by patents.

The only exception is when you (or one of the former patent holders) signed away this right - for example in exchange for the patent to be added to some standard. That's what "FRAND" is about.

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