Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Mar 2013 10:35 UTC
Legal "Apple vs. Samsung initially ended with a billion-dollar verdict in favor of Apple, but there have been plenty of wrinkles since. This week brought about another, as Nokia filed an amicus brief on behalf of Apple, Inc. in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In the brief filed Monday, Nokia asked the court to permit permanent injunctions on the sale of Samsung phones that were found to infringe Apple's patents." In the meantime, the latest comScore figures for the US show that Windows Phone's market share actually declined during the launch of Windows Phone 8. It's pretty clear that, combined with the disappointing quarterly results for Nokia, the company is setting itself up for the future. In this future, Nokia's patent portfolio is worth more than their actual phone business, and as such, Nokia can't do anything but support Apple in this case, else the value of their portfolio goes down.
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RE: Not unexpected
by static666 on Thu 7th Mar 2013 14:22 UTC in reply to "Not unexpected"
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I know it's a complicated matter altogether, but do you really think majority of those patents are still relevant?

Smartphone today is nothing like it was when Symbian was considered top notch. Now, Android software stack is developed by Google and protected by it. Only things vendor really has to care about are hardware and design.

In hardware Samsung is very strong, developing and manufacturing everything largely by itself. Even Apple profits from Samsung's work in this field.

When it comes to design, any sensible person who is not braindead can:

a) tell the difference between Apple, Samsung or other devices; b) understand that minor similarities in packaging are unavoidable due to standard form-factors; c) agree that design is not how you choose between mobile platform, which are totally incompatible with one another.

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