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QOTW: Apple vs. Samsung - you be the judge

by Tarinder Sandhu on 31 August 2012, 16:30

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung (005935.KS)

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Late last week a US jury awarded Apple $1.05bn in damages for patent infringements by arch-rival Samsung. Counter-suing for patent breaches of its own, Samsung has thus far been awarded nothing. These landmark decisions are sure to keep high-paid lawyers happy, unfortunately, but may have significant long-term ramifications pertaining to choice, competition, and, most importantly of all, future innovation.

The court has had its say, Samsung will duly appeal, but the overriding feeling is that the judgement will not be overturned. Our QOTW, therefore, is 'what would you do to resolve this ever-escalating patent mess?' Imaginative, creative and acerbic answers are all welcome. Have you say in the HEXUS.community.



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Easy. Invalidate every wishy-washy patent. I.e. rounded corners, clear desktop, colours, style and anything that keeps devices standardised (i.e. finger zooming and other gestures)
shaithis
Easy. Invalidate every wishy-washy patent. I.e. rounded corners, clear desktop, colours, style and anything that keeps devices standardised (i.e. finger zooming and other gestures)

This. A patient should be something really unique - something like ‘bouncing’ isn't unique - designing a new never thought of device is. Copyright should be enough for designs/icons.
Hold both companies in contempt of court for nothing more than a territorial pi$$ing contest tell Apple it can't copyright a rectangle and to grow up. fine them both and give the money to some nice charity for people who own Windows based phones :)
then point out the obvious there is bound to be some likeness due to them being used by the same species and being anatomically designed for ease of use
If it exists in the physical world, it cannot be patented in the digital world. This applies to devices (slide to unlock on a phone, versus the slide to unlock in the stall at a public restroom) and techniques (pinch to zoom, akin to stretching something to make it larger in real life.)

Look and feel of anything should not be patentable.. if rounded corners on a shape are patentable, then the round shape should be patentable, thus making circles, patentable, thus making any shape patentable… thus making the way anything looks an infringement on an already existing patent… This is rubbish and should not be tolerated.
They should all be slapped with a wet fish.