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: Everybody wins
by dsmogor on Mon 27th Aug 2012 11:55 UTC in reply to "Everybody wins"
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The problem is that the jury just asserted a number of bogus patents despite obvious prior art in a very painful ways. The verdicts says much about US legal system and how it works as a protectionism engine.
The true damage is not the money Samsung has to pay now but indiscriminate amount of FUD that has spread over the industry.
How do you know you your shapes are and rectangles are enough not-apple like? The risk is to big and the result will be apple tax paid voluntarily by any touch phone manufacturer with resulting price rise definitely pushed down to the consumer. $1bil is peanuts compared to that. I personally feel ripped off by Apple and US now, as the prices abroad will definitely be affected by this.
I believe the right thing Samsung should do now is to go directly to ITC. Or simply withdraw from US market and focus on elsewhere. It's no longer reasonable to expect fair competition rules in the country.
And no it's not even remotely Android related (unless you take the line of thought that MS astroturfers spread), these patents may hit producer just any touch based communication device, be it MeeGo, BB or Tizen.

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