Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd May 2014 00:28 UTC
Legal

An eight-person jury on Friday handed back a mixed verdict in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement case.

The jury found Samsung's gadgets infringed Apple's '647 patent, but not the '959 patent or '414 patent. Results were mixed for the '721 patent, with some Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus, found to infringe, and others not.

The jury awarded Apple only $119.6 million for the infringement.

Apple wanted more than $2 billion. The verdict is still being read, and the jury has also ruled that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, awarding Samsung $158000 for it.

So, pocket change both ways. A total waste of money, public resources, the jury members' time, and the court system. Well done you, patent system.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by kwan_e on Sat 3rd May 2014 01:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
kwan_e
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2007-02-18

Yes, they must analyse any probable situation. The only that matters in the end is are they going to still get money from selling stuff. I don't think Samsung's figures have been that negatively impacted since this whole Samsung/Apple thing started, but I fully admit I don't keep up with the financial stuff as some other people on this website do.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Sat 3rd May 2014 02:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I'll admit that Apple's end game isn't as clear as say, Microsoft's who just wants to make oodles of money off of Android. This is my best guess with the tidbits of information that's presented at trial.

Behind closed doors things can be very different, especially during mediation. Would love to be a fly on the wall in one of those sit downs.

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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by andydread on Sun 4th May 2014 14:34 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
andydread Member since:
2009-02-02

I'll admit that Apple's end game isn't as clear as say, Microsoft's who just wants to make oodles of money off of Android. This is my best guess with the tidbits of information that's presented at trial.

Behind closed doors things can be very different, especially during mediation. Would love to be a fly on the wall in one of those sit downs.


Apple's end game is.....
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank,..." - Steve Jobs.

“I’m going to destroy Android, ... I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” - Steve Jobs.

Both Apple and Microsoft are working to use the legal system to make Android and FOSS in general toxic. Microsoft started doing this with the Linux kernel before Android even came on the scene. Microsoft had vowed to use this strategy to "destroy open source and free software" and software freedom in general.

That is their end game. They are in the business of locking people into their proprietary platforms (see steve lobs last memo "Make our platform more sticky") and open source is a huge impediment to that.

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