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[2]: Everybody wins
by kaiwai on Sat 25th Aug 2012 09:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Everybody wins"
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Copying a good idea helps everyone won't you think?

Would the world be a better place if every device had a different way of zooming in?

You're assuming that the case was based on each small copying - it wasn't, it was the over all thrust of what they were trying to achieve. It wasn't a situation of implementing a couple of gestures with the GUI looking entirely different or a couple of applications that have similar layout but it was the cumulative effect of when all this copying was combined you had what you saw. Again, it is one thing to take a couple of things and add it but it is entirely a different matter to create more or less a clone. Btw, notice that other Android vendors aren't being sued? Why not sue ZTE or Huawei who pose a greater threat with their low cost Android devices that are popular with carriers? it seems people are ignoring what is happening in the Android world and some how believing that Samsung equals Android - it doesn't equal Android nor is it some sort of 'representative' of Android either.

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