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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by robojerk on Wed 24th Aug 2011 19:32 UTC
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Verizon is now saying with all these patents lawsuits, all phones could be blocked in the USA (iPhones, Android phones) and wants Obama to block the courts from blocking imports. Patent violators would only have to pay royalties.

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RE: Verizon
by Neolander on Thu 25th Aug 2011 07:07 in reply to "Verizon"
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At last, one carrier has realized that banning all these shiny smartphones would result in people buying less expensive plans because they have less need for their expensive 3G/4G infrastructure.

All hope is not lost !

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