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[4]: Everybody wins
by Fergy on Sat 25th Aug 2012 05:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Everybody wins"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

the only thing that copyright protects is outright copying

And what do you think a patent does?

Also all patent holders that are not implementing a patent (the patent trolls) need to be forced to license the patent under FRAND terms.

You shouldn't have to license "bounce back" and "pinch to zoom". It is like paying for the same work over and over because that one company was the first to patent it. These ideas didn't come from a vacuum; they were around for years before Apple used them.

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RE[5]: Everybody wins
by raboof on Sun 26th Aug 2012 14:48 in reply to "RE[4]: Everybody wins"
raboof Member since:
2005-07-24

"the only thing that copyright protects is outright copying

And what do you think a patent does?
"
A patent also protects against others independently doing the same 'invention' and going to market with it.

You shouldn't have to license "bounce back" and "pinch to zoom". It is like paying for the same work over and over because that one company was the first to patent it.

That's why you can only successfully uphold a patent when it is decided by the Proper Authorities that your invention is really novel.

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