Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Oct 2011 19:05 UTC
Legal Yes, I'm hearing you guys - time to tone down a bit on the patent news. Hence, a summary here of recent developments concerning the various legal cases between Samsung and Apple. Today in The Netherlands, the judge ruled [Dutch] that Samsung will not be able to block the iPhone/iPad from the Dutch market. In the meantime, the Australian courts upheld the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, while the American courts ruled that while the Tab indeed infringes upon Apple's design patents, Apple has not yet convinced the judge that that actually matters. Tying this all together with earlier rulings we already covered - it seems like judges across the world are really, really willy-nilly. Update: DailyTech has some detailed visual comparisons between Samsung's and Apple's devices, as well with the various design patents. Huh. You don't say.
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RE[2]: Feeling
by OSGuy on Fri 14th Oct 2011 20:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Feeling"
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And based on your comments, you are an Apple fan boy....

Do you even realize what will happen if competition is eliminated? Think about it. Telcos around the world will become slaves to Apple and Microsoft. There will create monopoly and there will be only two smartphone platform choices: WP7 devices and iPhones. Is this really the future you want? Do you really want to force an iPhone to everyone? AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile will have to bow down to both Apple and MS. With Android, they are free to do as they wish because the platform is open and there is more than one so one company cannot be the king + you have the freedom to use your device the way you want with Android and back up any file you want manually because it is only a USB flash drive as far as the computer is concerned. You don't need third party crap controlling and dictating what you can and what you can't transfer.

*Regardless* whether Samsung is wrong or not, banning competition is *not* the way. You think they infringe a patent? Sure, get them to pay royalties and deal with it in court until proven wrong but banning a product is anti-consumer and anti-competitive. It should not be allowed.

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RE[3]: Feeling
by cyrilleberger on Sat 15th Oct 2011 11:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Feeling"
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Do you even realize what will happen if competition is eliminated?

Do you realize that judge don't make policies or write laws ? If the laws is on Apple side, the judges can't do anything else but give right to Apple. So yes, if Apple is winning trials after trials against Samsung, it is more likely that the law is on Apple side, no matter what are the consequences. And it is not being an Apple fan to say so.

Now, if you disagree with the law being on Apple side, you need to start lobbying your government to change the law.

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RE[4]: Feeling
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 15th Oct 2011 13:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Feeling"
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Well, in the end, as a Dutch guy, I only care about Dutch law. In The Netherlands, Apple has been pretty much torn to shreds in both Apple v. Samsung as well as Samsung v. Apple. I obviously studied the Dutch rulings, and both judges were incredibly fair, sane, and took the international situation into account. Both rulings were very well argued and articulate.

I'm happy with the Dutch ruling (the one about Samsung not being allowed to block iPads/iPhones) because the judge made a very strong case that Samsung's offer was way out of line and not particularly FRANd. I'm happy the judge pretty much told them they were a bunch of children and ordered them to go back to the negotiating table.

In both cases, consumers were not affected AT ALL. So, my hats off to the Dutch judges, who have the interest of the public in mind - and a big thumbs down to the Australian and German judges, who couldn't care less about the consumer.

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