Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2012 21:16 UTC
Legal This week, Samsung started its defence in the big Apple vs. Samsung thing. First, Samsung pointed towards several cases of prior art, trying to invalidate Apple patents, surely something that's going to be the theme to Samsung's case. Later, Samsung pulled its own software patents out of its a... Neck, claiming Apple infringed them. The patents are just as ridiculous as Apple's, but alas, they have to do something in the face of Apple's anti-competitive aggression. Here is Shepard under a unicorn rainbow.
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RE[2]: Yup
by shmerl on Wed 15th Aug 2012 00:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Yup"
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

The best scenario IMO - passing no fees to consumers and complete invalidation of offensive patents. All other scenarios can hardly be called "best".

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RE[3]: Yup
by Alfman on Wed 15th Aug 2012 13:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Yup"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

shmerl,

"The best scenario IMO - passing no fees to consumers and complete invalidation of offensive patents. All other scenarios can hardly be called 'best'."

I agree that would be the best scenario for consumers overall, but I was kind of thinking of the best realistic scenario that could result from this case. I also hope there are no new royalty fees, but I'm sure both companies are already paying royalties which won't be affected by this case.

Just to connect the dots in your scenario, to invalidate offensive patents is more or less equivalent to rendering them void, isn't it? After all, if nobody can use them offensively, then there would be zero need to defend from them either. The "value" of patents becomes nil if they can't be used offensively.

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RE[4]: Yup
by shmerl on Wed 15th Aug 2012 14:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Yup"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Yes, basically making them void.

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