Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:17 UTC
Legal I stopped following all the patent trolling in the mobile industry months ago because, you know, I have a life, but apparently some big ruling just got handed down in the United States: using three software patents, a patent troll from Cupertino has been given an injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, imposing a ban on the device. This patent trolling has to stop, blah, blah, we've all been here before. If you need me, I'll be over there on the sofa remembering the good old days when Cupertino was famous for great products, instead of infamous for its patent troll.
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Comment by Gone fishing
by Gone fishing on Sat 30th Jun 2012 05:46 UTC
Gone fishing
Member since:
2006-02-22

Patent 8,074,172 is bad enough but Slide to lock 8,046,721 wtf. Sliding to lock must be something that goes back at least 3 millennia and if it was as old as the wheel that wouldn't surprise me.

This is called innovation? - no its a complete f*cking joke.

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RE: Comment by Gone fishing
by Nelson on Sat 30th Jun 2012 06:18 in reply to "Comment by Gone fishing"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I assume you've identified and submitted the prior art to the USPTO? You've done the research to ensure the patent in question is partially or completely invalidated by your claim of prior art?

No?

Do you think if it was that easy, Samsung wouldn't have invalidated it long ago?

The over simplification of patent law on this website is egregious.

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RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing
by tonny on Sat 30th Jun 2012 07:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by Gone fishing"
tonny Member since:
2011-12-22

...And I find it amusing ones that support patent trolling. Well, From 39 comment that I read, I can assume that fanboism's like that.

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Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

I take it you're a patent lawyer by day?

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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

Here's a link to an early Anglo Saxon door latch (c.420-650AD) http://www.picturesofengland.com/England/Suffolk/West_Stow/West_Sto... not old enough here's Roman http://www.flickr.com/photos/tdugan/3975042663/lightbox/

The idea of using objects say Windows for example, as analogies on computers is not exactly new - so where is the innovation? I think the innovation is restricted only to the patent trolling

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RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing
by JAlexoid on Sat 30th Jun 2012 07:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by Gone fishing"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

I'm sorry, are you not aware of the costs of a patent invalidation in US? Are you aware of the costs of acquiring a patent? A dud granted patent in US is a ridiculously powerful tool.

Watch the tech talk from an actual patent expert(linked above).

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RE: Comment by Gone fishing
by dsmogor on Sun 1st Jul 2012 21:26 in reply to "Comment by Gone fishing"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Well, slide to unlock just sucks. Both Maemo and WP7 had this solved better. Google just dropped the ball here.

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