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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Why is this so bad?
by chrisale on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:20 UTC
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Seriously.... Apple didn't create those software designs. In the end, a person, or a team of people. That is the source of the patent and if it's a good enough design then it deserves a patent and it deserves protection.

This means other people, and companies will now have to think of something different. Msomething original. I can't for the life of me imagine how that could be a bad thing for consumers or the industry as a whole.

If some likes the design and wants to make billions from it too, then you license it. Simple logic, IMO.

Edited 2012-08-25 01:25 UTC

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