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[5]: Everybody wins
by some1 on Sat 25th Aug 2012 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Everybody wins"
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RE[6]: Everybody wins
by Laurence on Sat 25th Aug 2012 20:12 in reply to "RE[5]: Everybody wins"
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Hmm weird. I'm sure I remember reading that Apple had won at the time. In any case it was still Xerox's innovation to begin with so Apple's claim to it is tenuous at best.

It's funny how things have since done a U-turn now though - GUI designs were dismissed back then, where as now even more tediously obvious ideas like rounded corners are upheld. Like sharp corners on a device that you're going to poke next to your head and stuff down the tight pockets of your jeans are a great idea....

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RE[7]: Everybody wins
by some1 on Sat 25th Aug 2012 20:54 in reply to "RE[6]: Everybody wins"
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Not sure where you read that. Apple quite famously lost that case, though the ruling relied in part on Microsoft having a contract.

I agree it's upsetting to see the same company in the same court bringing almost the same claims and seeing the law changing enough to let them win.

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