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 graudeejs
by graudeejs on Wed 24th Aug 2011 15:01 UTC
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Anyone up to patent Analog clock?

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RE: Comment by graudeejs
by Icaria on Wed 24th Aug 2011 15:06 in reply to "Comment by graudeejs"
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I've got patents on time and radial gauges. Close 'nuff?

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jabbotts Member since:

I have a patent on the use of "time" in reference to cronological events. I'll have my laywers send you the licensing documents. ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by graudeejs
by kristoph on Wed 24th Aug 2011 18:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by graudeejs"
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Actually there is a patent on representing gauges on a computer.

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