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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RE: No worries!
by linux-it on Wed 24th Aug 2011 15:28 UTC in reply to "No worries!"
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exactly. only gallery.apl is affected. It's all about the way the gestures and so work on this particular thing.

That's the only thing. Nothing to worry about. And also the reason why android 3.x isn't affected -- it does it in a different way.

Anyways, patents suck and the judge luckily dismissed all oher things as well. fsck apple. Stay in your fruit basket.

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RE[2]: No worries!
by phoudoin on Wed 24th Aug 2011 16:16 in reply to "RE: No worries!"
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The judge dismissed all others things *but* accept that a *software* patent is valid in EU, whose deputies chamber AFAICT said software patents are not valid.

Which is, I fear, a bit sad side-effect.

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RE[3]: No worries!
by jal_ on Wed 24th Aug 2011 20:50 in reply to "RE[2]: No worries!"
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I was wondering the same thing - is this a software patent or what?

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