Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd May 2014 00:28 UTC

An eight-person jury on Friday handed back a mixed verdict in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement case.

The jury found Samsung's gadgets infringed Apple's '647 patent, but not the '959 patent or '414 patent. Results were mixed for the '721 patent, with some Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus, found to infringe, and others not.

The jury awarded Apple only $119.6 million for the infringement.

Apple wanted more than $2 billion. The verdict is still being read, and the jury has also ruled that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, awarding Samsung $158000 for it.

So, pocket change both ways. A total waste of money, public resources, the jury members' time, and the court system. Well done you, patent system.

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RE[6]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Sun 4th May 2014 15:33 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
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Apple's end game is.....
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank,..." - Steve Jobs.

“I’m going to destroy Android, ... I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” - Steve Jobs.

I don't know if you've heard, but Steve Jobs is no longer with us. His past motivations no longer apply really, as a new executive is in charge. Their end game is very much in question.

Both Apple and Microsoft are working to use the legal system to make Android and FOSS in general toxic. Microsoft started doing this with the Linux kernel before Android even came on the scene. Microsoft had vowed to use this strategy to "destroy open source and free software" and software freedom in general.

I think this is a rather black and white read of the situation, especially when Microsoft actually facilitates the resolution of Android IP conflict by having a massive licensing strategy. That's in stark contrast to what Apple has been willing to do up to this point so far.

I don't think they are of the same mind when it comes to their approaches to Android. Microsoft is an Android vendor (hello Nokia).

That is their end game. They are in the business of locking people into their proprietary platforms (see steve lobs last memo "Make our platform more sticky") and open source is a huge impediment to that.

Everyone who runs a platform is in the business of locking people into their platform. That's the point of the platform.

Proprietary vs "open" in this sense doesn't really mean much, because you can lock people into a platform built on open source technologies.

Edited 2014-05-04 15:33 UTC

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