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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This validates Samsung strategy
by Torbjorn Vik Lunde on Sat 25th Aug 2012 05:40 UTC
Torbjorn Vik Lunde
Member since:
2009-09-04

One of the sad things about patents is that they validate the idea that copying is a good strategy because doing your own innovation will probably not yield good enough results. Patents overestimate the value of ideas, and underestimate the value of working on products. I want to see Samsung create interesting products (like the Google Nexus) not because I don’t think they should copy others, but because I really think if they act on their own they can come up with great stuff.

As for the claims themselves, I only ever thought the trade dress stuff ought to hold up in court. It should not be possibly to protect ideas, but it should be possible (to an extent) protect brands.

Edited 2012-08-25 05:53 UTC

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Samsung have been producing interesting products for years. There's a reason that millions of consumers consciously chose top end Galaxy devices instead of Apples despite similar price. You don't suggest they wanted Iphone and were mislead, do you?

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