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]: Comment by Morgan
by andydread on Sat 25th Aug 2012 10:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
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I say with no shame that I buy and enjoy Apple products - I own an iPhone, a Macbook Pro and have purchased iPods in the past. I guess I'm a dirty "whore" as well. :-)

Still, I had really hoped that both Apple and Samsung had not come out of this unscathed. I feel this patent warfare is turning into a situation of mutually-assured destruction where all but the wealthiest businesses in the world will be able to release anything, and when they do they'll be watered down and neutered in order to avoid infringing the patent minefield.

It's telling that Gruber hasn't commented on this yet. I suspect even he sees a grey-cloud behind the silver lining.

Won't purchase another Apple product. Will no longer recommend Apple products to anyone. This is a sad day in tech. And to think that there are people out there that read tech media and are still cheering for Apple in this case makes me want to throw up. THe fact that you can write code that is completely different from Apples code and still get sued by apple is ridiculous. Software programming just got a LOT more expensive for the small guy. Will do every thing I can to recommend alternative products. NO MORE Apple products.

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