Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2012 11:58 UTC
Legal "While Apple's technology is a 'very nice invention', the technique used in Android differs from the iOS solution, argued Bas Berghuis van Woortman, one of Samsung's lawyers. Because the Android based method is more hierarchical the system is more complex and therefore harder for developers to use, he said. [...] Apple disagrees. 'They suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true', said Apple's lawyer Theo Blomme to judge Peter Blok, who presided over a team of three judges, in a response to Samsung's claim." I just wish these companies and their lawyers could see and hear themselves. If only for a few seconds. Not even Monty Python could write this. By the way, all these patents were already thrown out last year by the Dutch courts, but Apple started a 'bottom procedure', a more thorough handling of the case. Three expert IP judges preside, and due to the earlier ruling, Apple is fighting an uphill battle.
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Nokia, who does offer a good and different product

That's the problem here. The jury in the US ruled that Samsung phones with keyboards and phones with like 5 weirdly arranged buttons below the screen infringed iPhone *design* patents. If those phones infringe, then sure AS HELL Nokia's Lumias would have been found infringing as well, had they been part of the case.

Many people seem to think this is only about the Galaxy Ace - it's not. A whole sew of CLEARLY different devices were found infringing on design patents, and arguing that's okay is arguing nobody should be allowed to compete with Apple at all.

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I don't argue that's okay, it is weird.

If one gives a verdict one should motivate why. If a product is found to be infringing it should be stated why. If you don't know why what you did is wrong it's rather difficult to do it different next time or change the current situation.

Also if the motivation is wrong you have the opportunity to say so. If product A on the bad list, because the verdict says it has feature B, but it doesn't have feature B it's easy to point out.

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