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: Simple as that
by JAlexoid on Sat 25th Aug 2012 02:53 UTC in reply to "Simple as that"
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Yep. That is why they threw out their old OS and took the "immitator" as their base for OS'es.

Also, it would be really nice if software patents that Apple refuses to license aren't ridiculously broad. (see the two out of three claims posted above)

So in general, I agree that giving Apple a 17 year monopoly on any touchscreen device that can perform single finger scrolling and multi-touch gesture detection is an absolutely positive thing for the tech industry. Oh, did I mention that the actual method of detecting multiple touches and determining that it's not a scroll is not relevant and not disclosed?

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