Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 18:38 UTC
Legal Well, that didn't take long. Groklaw notes several interesting inconsistencies and other issues with the jury verdict. "If it would take a lawyer three days to make sure he understood the terms in the form, how did the jury not need the time to do the same? There were 700 questions, remember, and one thing is plain, that the jury didn't take the time to avoid inconsistencies, one of which resulted in the jury casually throwing numbers around, like $2 million dollars for a nonfringement. Come on. This is farce." My favourite inconsistency: a Samsung phone with a keyboard, four buttons, and a large Samsung logo on top infringes the iPhone design patent. And yet, we were told (in the comments, on other sites) that the Samsung f700 was not prior art... Because it had a keyboard. I smell fish.
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Comment by broken_symlink
by broken_symlink on Sun 26th Aug 2012 00:33 UTC
broken_symlink
Member since:
2005-07-06

I thought about this some more, and the one good thing that MIGHT come of this, is that maybe Android hardware manufacturers might decide to just use android as is, instead of putting things like Sense, Touchwiz, and Blur (although I guess this last one probably doesn't matter that much anymore) on it. Wouldn't that then shift liability from hardware manufacturers to Google?

Google should offer indemnification incentives for companies that use AOSP as is, and in return these companies should put their patents in a pool. That would solve Android fragmentation problems, and could create a single united front against MS, Apple, and anyone else who tries to sue over Android.

The only possible problem would be if hardware manufacturers tried to sue each other over Android, such as HTC suing Samsung, but maybe Google could mediate in those cases?

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RE: Comment by broken_symlink
by some1 on Sun 26th Aug 2012 04:38 in reply to "Comment by broken_symlink"
some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

Nexus S, which is pure Android, was found to infringe just like any of Samsung's own phones, so I doubt that will work.

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broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

Wow! Something about that doesn't make sense to me.

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