Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2012 11:58 UTC
Legal "While Apple's technology is a 'very nice invention', the technique used in Android differs from the iOS solution, argued Bas Berghuis van Woortman, one of Samsung's lawyers. Because the Android based method is more hierarchical the system is more complex and therefore harder for developers to use, he said. [...] Apple disagrees. 'They suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true', said Apple's lawyer Theo Blomme to judge Peter Blok, who presided over a team of three judges, in a response to Samsung's claim." I just wish these companies and their lawyers could see and hear themselves. If only for a few seconds. Not even Monty Python could write this. By the way, all these patents were already thrown out last year by the Dutch courts, but Apple started a 'bottom procedure', a more thorough handling of the case. Three expert IP judges preside, and due to the earlier ruling, Apple is fighting an uphill battle.
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to copy or not to copy
by Janvl on Sun 9th Sep 2012 21:55 UTC
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It does not matter whether Samsung "copied" the iPhone or iPad. Both are not "unique designs" as apple wants us to believe. Patenting a "rectangle with rounded corners" shows how sick that (us)-system is. There is loads of prior art and apple as a company has always taken designs from others for their products. Apple is good in marketing but not in designing nor in technique, it never was.
If you look at the smartphone market they all look alike: thin, touchscreen, rounded edges in some way. That should not be patentable.
If one should mix up the two brands although the name is pretty large on both, then I doubt such one is able to use the device.
So Apple has become a patenttrol and I don't like patentrolls.

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