Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Mar 2013 22:20 UTC
Legal Judge Lucy Koh has almost halved the $1 billion in damages the jury awarded to Apple. "Koh found two main errors in the way the jury calculated the damages awarded to Apple. They used Samsung's profits to determine the amount the company owed for infringing some of Apple's utility patents - a practice only appropriate when calculating damages owed when design patents have been infringed. They also erred when calculating the time period Apple should be awarded damages for. Koh explains that Apple was only due damages for product sales that occurred after Cupertino informed Samsung of its belief that the violations were taking place." It's almost as if the bunch of random people in this jury had no clue what they were doing in what is possibly the most complex patent trial in history.
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RE[8]: Ah, damn.
by SeeM on Mon 4th Mar 2013 19:47 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Ah, damn."
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That's certainly not what I said about them. Bada and Tizen didn't try and therefore didn't fail; they were scrapped because Samsung has no interest in giving up free and easy Android

So they failed even before they would failed anyway.

No one needed Bada or Tizen or any number of similar projects-that-could-have-been because Android, full stop.

And nobody needs them.

As for WebOS, it was constantly underfunded and lashed to the sinking ship of Palm[...] WebOS was unfinished and constantly on the verge of doom [...] Palm was ultimately betrayed by Verizon, because Droid. And Palm was bought by HP instead of by someone who was serious about having their own mobile platform, again, because Android.

And nobody fund them.

To bring it back around to the article topic, if Apple and Sun had had the patent power to nuke Android as we know it before it could get entrenched, there might have been room in the market for some actual diversity to grow.

If Android wouldn't show up, Apple would have all of the hi-end phone cells market now. I don't believe that lots phone OSes with close to zero support from software companies would even stand a chance. They would be simply annihilated by patents lawsuits and fighting with each other.

We have diversity within Android and it's all we can have. It's not single big monolithic platform, so it fits various purposes and various customers. From the highest heights SGS2 to the lowest lows Spica (both from Samsung by the way). From tablets to BB-style cells. They are generally compatible and can easily share data. It's not something we can have from locking-in on every step independent vendors.

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