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[3]: Everybody wins
by vanfruniken on Sat 25th Aug 2012 11:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Everybody wins"
vanfruniken
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1. Maybe finally, the justice system will realize that too much energy is spent on these patent trials. Maybe the pressure will build to lobby for more sensible laws, hopefully restricting patents in time, also depending on whether they are being used, and to deny "obvious" patent applications.

2. The whole situation was brought upon the world by Microsoft blatantly cashing in on (a) PCDOS, and marketing MSDOS instead; (b) "copying" (and getting almost everything wrong in doing so, but that's a different story:) Apple's user interface. Formally, they couldn't be blamed, because neither PCDOS nor the MacOS GUI were properly protected at the time, and Microsoft cleverly negociated contracts that turned out to let them get away with the whole thing. In order not to fall in this trap again with the iPhone et al., Steve Jobs told the world: "and boy, have we patented this..."

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RE[4]: Everybody wins
by Laurence on Sat 25th Aug 2012 14:01 in reply to "RE[3]: Everybody wins"
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2007-03-26


2. The whole situation was brought upon the world by Microsoft blatantly cashing in on (a) PCDOS, and marketing MSDOS instead; (b) "copying" (and getting almost everything wrong in doing so, but that's a different story:) Apple's user interface. Formally, they couldn't be blamed, because neither PCDOS nor the MacOS GUI were properly protected at the time, and Microsoft cleverly negociated contracts that turned out to let them get away with the whole thing. In order not to fall in this trap again with the iPhone et al., Steve Jobs told the world: "and boy, have we patented this..."

You're not really making a whole lot of sense there. PCDOS was bought and paid for. That deal was all above board.

And Microsoft didn't get away with coping the WIMP paradigm, Apple took MS to court and won (and that's ignoring the fact that the whole thing wasn't even Apples invention to begin with)

Edited 2012-08-25 14:05 UTC

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RE[5]: Everybody wins
by some1 on Sat 25th Aug 2012 18:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Everybody wins"
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RE[4]: Everybody wins
by zima on Wed 29th Aug 2012 01:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Everybody wins"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

2. The whole situation was brought upon the world by Microsoft blatantly cashing in on (a) PCDOS, and marketing MSDOS instead; (b) "copying" (and getting almost everything wrong in doing so, but that's a different story:) Apple's user interface.

You make no sense whatsoever. PC-DOS was just a branding of MS-DOS, when used on PCs sold by IBM. PC-DOS was made by Microsoft.

And about that "desktop GUI look and feel" (which Apple took from Xerox) lawsuit against MS - notably, Xerox sued Apple on the same charges, too, at the time.
But it's quite hypocritical to allege that MS stole the GUI from Apple, while poitning out it was quite different (logically, that's what "getting almost everything wrong" would really imply)

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