Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:54 UTC
Legal And just like that, within a matter of days, the jury has reached a verdict in Apple vs. Samsung. The basic gist is simple: Apple's software patents are valid, and many Samsung devices infringe upon them. Apple's iPhone 3G trade dress is valid, and Samsung's Galaxy S line infringes, but other devices did not. Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad design patent. Apple did not infringe any of Samsung's patents. Apple is awarded a little over $1 billion in damages. Competition lost today, and developers in the United States should really start to get worried - software patents got validated big time today.
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RE: Everybody wins
by linux-lover on Sat 25th Aug 2012 00:17 UTC in reply to "Everybody wins"
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This is bad for innovation.
Not that Samsung was not copying Apple design (they obivously were heavily influenced by the iphone), it is bad because ludicrous software patents were validated. Any software developer knows that all software patents should be invalidated. But really? Pinch to zoom? Are you kidding me?

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RE[2]: Everybody wins
by ze_jerkface on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:20 in reply to "RE: Everybody wins"
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I'm a software developer and I don't think all software patents should be invalidated.

Media compression codecs for example can take millions to create and are difficult to protect under copyright.

But slide to open? Hmmmm no. My glass door slides to open. You can probably find video games that used all of these Apple UI patents before smartphones existed.

I also think caps are a better answer than elimination. Part of the problem has been that Apple has purposely asked for unreasonable fees with the expectation that no one will pay them. Microsoft charges a buck in many cases and caps out at a million, at least for the ones I have seen.

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RE[3]: Everybody wins
by tonny on Sat 25th Aug 2012 12:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Everybody wins"
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But.. but.. Apple USE IT FIRST! Apple is THE INNOVATOR! Others just COPYING! /s

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