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: Comment by kurkosdr
by ichi on Thu 16th Aug 2012 07:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by kurkosdr"
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As regards the trial, the best case scenario is a precendent where crap soft patents can be invalidated easily, and the USPTO being more carefull about what soft patents it accepts (hoping for abolishing soft patents in the US is unrealistic, since soft patents are now a business by itself among venture capitalist firms)

I don't think the USPTO will ever really care about actually reviewing software patents, but there's hope for patents devaluating if those using them offensively get slapped hard in the court.

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