Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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tupp
Member since:
2006-11-12
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

They are just biased towards the patents held in their countries.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

No they are not. They are bound by the dumb rules(a lot of it in case law). That is why I dislike case law, it was originally meant to be geographically limited(so that the judges in remote regions, could judge based on the local customs).

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MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

banned a Samsung patent for violating Apple's "design patent" wrt the SHAPE of an iPad.

It was also a German judge that banned Xbox 360, until he was overruled by a Seattle judge.

The Europeans on this site should stop pretending that Europe is somehow more enlightened. you are not. you have your screwed up laws just like everyone else does.

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RE: It was a German judge that
by WereCatf on Thu 5th Jul 2012 16:20 in reply to "It was a German judge that"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

The Europeans on this site should stop pretending that Europe is somehow more enlightened. you are not. you have your screwed up laws just like everyone else does.


Aye, I agree. Some places are worse than others, though, like e.g. here in Finland consumers still have some rights, or the Netherlands where downloading copyright-infringing material isn't illegal, only uploading it is.

Unfortunately I believe that EU will be pushed to adopting ever more IP-protection laws in the future and one day we will have no rights at all worth mentioning.

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RE: It was a German judge that
by zima on Wed 11th Jul 2012 23:27 in reply to "It was a German judge that"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The Europeans on this site should stop pretending that Europe is somehow more enlightened. you are not. you have your screwed up laws just like everyone else does.

You know what would really help WRT screwed up laws? If the US wouldn't push such throughout the world (go through diplomatics cables leak if you have any doubt about that; one example: http://www.businessinsider.com/wikileaks-haiti-minimum-wage-the-nat... )

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Protest European patent reform, that will make EPO registered patents (including many SW patents) enforceable throughout whole EU.

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