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[4]: Feeling
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 15th Oct 2011 13:29 UTC 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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