Samsung Loses Apple Patent Case
I love me some tasty Samsung smartphones; it's a personal preference. I love my Galaxy S III. I drooled over the SII for many years.
But overall, it's pretty clear what was happening there. I'm glad to see that they ensured they were in the clear with the SIII, but come on guys. Even without records of internal e-mails and such, it was pretty clear from the outside.
Regardless of your opinion of patent laws, copying is not innovation. There can be arguments made in support of the idea that patent laws and the resulting lawsuits can unfairly suppress competition and hold other companies back, but a truly innovative product shouldn't have to rely on previous inventions. It would be one thing if we were talking about something central to the way cellphones work, but we're not in this case. It's design language and features.
And Samsung knew what they were doing. They have fleets of employees that keep tabs on what patents are being used or paid for in the production of the phone. If a company, especially one as large as Apple, had a patent on a technique or technology, they would have known about it before they had used it unauthorized in their own devices. There is no "woops, we didn't know it was patented" when you're dealing with industries like this.
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