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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Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 24th Aug 2011 14:47 UTC
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Patent for scrolling photos? Hilarious. Did Apple also patent turning pages in a book?

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by MOS6510 on Wed 24th Aug 2011 14:52 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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With patents like flipping through picktures being accepted by PTO everywhere.. I bet Apple is kicking itself for not already trying to patent "turning pages in a book so as to programs from one display of content to another".

f'ing rediculous.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by some1 on Thu 25th Aug 2011 00:07 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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Only because Microsoft beat them to it: <a href="

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by SnowBuddha on Thu 25th Aug 2011 14:25 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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I thought of the same thing... *watches the rush of applications to the patent office*

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