Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Aug 2011 13:58 UTC
Legal Breaking news from my swamp home country The Netherlands: the Dutch court has just banned the sales of all Galaxy S, SII and Ace smartphones in the entire European Union. The judge has ruled that Android 2.x violates Apple's 868 patent which covers scrolling through photos on a touchscreen. Only this one patent is violated - the complaints about two other patents as well as the design patents has been thrown out. In other words, the judge did not agree with Apple that Samsung is copying Apple's design. The injunction only covers the Galaxy smartphones, since they run Android 2.x; Android 3.0 does not violate the patent in question, and hence, sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can continue. In fact, only the Gallery application violates the patent in question, and Samsung has already stated it is going to replace this application on all new Galaxy smartphones from now on - sales won't even be interrupted. In other words - two patents thrown out, design stuff rejected, and only one patent complaint upheld which will cause no harm to Samsung. Apple just scored a meaningless victory. The Dutch court order is here. The pictures speak thousands of words.
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Hmm...
by 1c3d0g on Wed 24th Aug 2011 14:21 UTC
1c3d0g
Member since:
2005-07-06

...it would be interesting to see someone knowledgeable explain what might have changed code-wise between Android 2.x and 3.x, in such a way that it doesn't infringe Apple's patent anymore.

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RE: Hmm... - a guess
by jabbotts on Wed 24th Aug 2011 15:19 in reply to "Hmm..."
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I'll offer an uneducated guess:

Android 2.x - transition affect between images in gallery app looks too similar to IOS transition affect between images in gallery app.

Android 3.x - transition affect between images in gallery app does not look too similar to IOS transition affect between images in gallery app.

Either way, I can't see how flipping between displayed images using a touch interface can justify a truly non-obvious unique method which justifies patent protection. Do they also take medical advice from crackheads because that apears to be the maximum qualification one needs to issue or make legal decision on patents these days.

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RE[2]: Hmm... - a guess
by JAlexoid on Wed 24th Aug 2011 23:21 in reply to "RE: Hmm... - a guess"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Then why didn't Nexus S get on the list?

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RE[2]: Hmm... - a guess
by 1c3d0g on Fri 26th Aug 2011 05:31 in reply to "RE: Hmm... - a guess"
1c3d0g Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree. These types of patents are so full of bullshit anyways.

Apple, what a stupid company. They didn't accomplish anything with this ridiculous lawsuit. Maybe they should spend more time innovating instead of crippling the better competition through litigation.

Edited 2011-08-26 05:33 UTC

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