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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Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:02 UTC
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I have a close personal friend who is an admitted "Apple whore" (his words) and loathes Android. He is obviously cheering for Apple with this outcome, but once he's come down off of his high I'm going to ask him what he thinks about the impact this will have on innovation and the further abuse of the patent system. He doesn't work in the IT industry so his take will be interesting.

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RE: Comment by Morgan
by rikkirakk on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:18 in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
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2012-07-30

I say with no shame that I buy and enjoy Apple products - I own an iPhone, a Macbook Pro and have purchased iPods in the past. I guess I'm a dirty "whore" as well. :-)

Still, I had really hoped that both Apple and Samsung had not come out of this unscathed. I feel this patent warfare is turning into a situation of mutually-assured destruction where all but the wealthiest businesses in the world will be able to release anything, and when they do they'll be watered down and neutered in order to avoid infringing the patent minefield.

It's telling that Gruber hasn't commented on this yet. I suspect even he sees a grey-cloud behind the silver lining.

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Oh there's no question that this decision sucks balls for the industry as a whole, and especially for the consumer (though they won't notice for a while).

The intellectual side of me wants to crawl into a 3D-printed hole with an old AMD laptop running GNU/Hurd and a picture of RMS hanging on the wall, connected to the local AMPRNet via my home-built TNC and 2-meter radio.

The practical side just kicked the hell out of the intellectual side and will continue to use Windows 7, a Samsung Nexus S and an HTC Arrive, an Xbox 360 and an iPod shuffle. ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by andydread on Sat 25th Aug 2012 10:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
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2009-02-02

I say with no shame that I buy and enjoy Apple products - I own an iPhone, a Macbook Pro and have purchased iPods in the past. I guess I'm a dirty "whore" as well. :-)

Still, I had really hoped that both Apple and Samsung had not come out of this unscathed. I feel this patent warfare is turning into a situation of mutually-assured destruction where all but the wealthiest businesses in the world will be able to release anything, and when they do they'll be watered down and neutered in order to avoid infringing the patent minefield.

It's telling that Gruber hasn't commented on this yet. I suspect even he sees a grey-cloud behind the silver lining.


Won't purchase another Apple product. Will no longer recommend Apple products to anyone. This is a sad day in tech. And to think that there are people out there that read tech media and are still cheering for Apple in this case makes me want to throw up. THe fact that you can write code that is completely different from Apples code and still get sued by apple is ridiculous. Software programming just got a LOT more expensive for the small guy. Will do every thing I can to recommend alternative products. NO MORE Apple products.

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