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[3]: Everybody wins
by Phillip.Fayers on Sat 25th Aug 2012 09:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Everybody wins"
Phillip.Fayers
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"Well, I don't see Google or Samsung on Capital Hill demanding an end to software patents"

A valid point re: Samsung, not so with Google.

I was very surprised that Samsung didn't follow Google's lead (in the Java/Android case) and ask the patent office to invalidate Apple's patents in advance of the trial. If they truly are invalid, as many people thing, then a re-examination would invalidate them. The tactic worked very well for Google - and happens outside the truly ludicrous time restriction on arguments in the court room.

The only reason I could come up with for Samsung not challenging the patents in that way is that they didn't want the same to happen to theirs.

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