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Stephen Dawson

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

US appeals court clears Samsung phone, setback for Apple

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/27 … -for-apple

Excerpt:

A U.S. appeals court overturned a preliminary injunction on the sale of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy Nexus smartphone on Thursday, dealing a setback to Apple Inc in its battle against Google Inc's increasingly popular mobile software.

Apple is waging war on several fronts against Google, whose Android software powers many of Samsung's devices.

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I hope that is the first step in the courts killing the idea that you can have patents of software.

Oct 11 12 03:26 pm Link

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Damon Banner

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Hayward, California, US

Stephen Dawson wrote:
I hope that is the first step in the courts killing the idea that you can have patents of software.

That sounds like a horrible idea.

Oct 11 12 03:29 pm Link

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Stephen Dawson

Posts: 29248

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stephen Dawson wrote:
I hope that is the first step in the courts killing the idea that you can have patents of software.

Damon Banner wrote:
That sounds like a horrible idea.

It works fine in Europe and Asia.

Oct 11 12 03:38 pm Link

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Dannielle Levan

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New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Damon Banner wrote:

That sounds like a horrible idea.

It stops companies from monopolising the market. Like what Adobe does with Photoshop.

Oct 11 12 03:39 pm Link

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Svend

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Boulder, Colorado, US

Strangekitty wrote:

It stops companies from monopolising the market. Like what Adobe does with Photoshop.

It's also a first step in the abolishment of intellectual property rights... like photographer's copyright.

Oct 11 12 03:41 pm Link

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Catchlight Portraits

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Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Damon Banner wrote:

That sounds like a horrible idea.

Richard Posner (judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the most cited legal author of all time) seems to disagree with you:

    http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2012/ … osner.html

Oct 11 12 03:47 pm Link

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photoimager

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom

Strangekitty wrote:
It stops companies from monopolising the market. Like what Adobe does with Photoshop.

That is only because:
1 - for what some people require of it it is the best tool for the job
2 - other people follow like sheep and use it because they are told that it is the best tool for the job, even though the jobs and skill levels are very different compared to those who need it
3 - no other manufacturer is willing to invest heavily in a competitor software package given the number of people who steal the Adobe software by using unlicensed copies reducing the market potential. The price that Adobe charges means they can still develop it from the income generated by the lawful users of the software.

Oct 12 12 05:01 am Link

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photoimager

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom

Stephen Dawson wrote:
I hope that is the first step in the courts killing the idea that you can have patents of software.

Note that it is the USA courts where Apple has had most of its success. The USA Patents office is now recognising that it needs help in identifying what is truely new and innovative and what is just a copy or minor variation on something that already exists.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19672986

And even the UN are getting in on it:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19887318

Oct 12 12 05:07 am Link

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Chicchowmein

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Palm Beach, Florida, US

haha

Oct 12 12 05:13 am Link