Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Aug 2012 10:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In light of the jury verdict in Apple vs. Samsung, the one-liners and jokes flew back and forth. One in particular, by Dan Frakes, has been copied and pasted all over the web, and it goes like this: "When the iPhone debuted, it was widely criticized for having no buttons/keys. Now people think the iPhone's design is 'obvious'." This is a very common trend in this entire debate that saddens me to no end: the iPhone is being compared to simple feature phones, while in fact, it should be compared to its true predecessor: the PDA. PDAs have always done with few buttons.
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Prior Art was not a focus
by runjorel on Sun 26th Aug 2012 14:25 UTC
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This is something that bugged me too! When reading one of the interviews with one of the jurors I was surprised to find that the subject of prior art came up, but then some of the other jurors said that the subject of prior art was off topic and everyone agreed to move on without considering prior art. I can't say I am convinced of a conspiracy here, but I just don't think the jurors really had the opportunity to further investigate the idea of prior art. I don't feel like the judge gave them that opportunity. They were told to focus on Apple vs Samsung and nothing else. Granted I am basing my thoughts based on one article I've read according to one juror.

I also hate to get down to the nitty-gritty but I am also curious to know, out of all the jurors, which had iphones and which had other devices. I am curious to know if personal bias played a role (if any).

Regarding the design patents, I'm not sure whether its good or bad. The software 'patents' are what scares the heck out of me. Not that I am actively developing anything in relation to the 'patents' but does anyone have a resource that is clear on the implications of this ruling on individual developers that want to implement, for example, pinch to zoom in their software? Is it the code that was patented or is it the feature itself that is patented. I seem to read arguments that go from "You're OK Apple won't get you" to a lot of plausible FUD.

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