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(BBC)   How derpy has Samsung gotten in its attacks on iPhone? A judge has stepped in to stop Samsung from "punching itself in the face in an attempt to hurt iPhone"   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 8
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2013-02-23 09:14:28 AM
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Seems to be a straight up case of Apple once again stealing something and then pleading that because people enjoy it so much they should be allowed to keep using it.
Blind people need phones but Apple screwed them over by stealing a technology that wasn't theirs to begin with.
Sure some may argue that a button that describes what's on the screen is an obvious invention, but they'd also argue that having a phone be rectangular was obvious and we all know that particular innovation was groundbreaking when Apple came up with it.
2013-02-23 10:09:26 AM
3 votes:
Did Samsung make a big deal of this or did Apple go all whiny and say "see were trying to help the poor disabled people but those mean nasty people at Samsung are trying to enforce a patent that they own"
2013-02-23 02:34:02 PM
2 votes:
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2013-02-23 09:15:50 AM
2 votes:
So when apple tries to enforce its patent thats cool but when samsung does its derpy? Also samsung makes apples chips so the whole cluster frak is an creepy incestuous pile of bullcrap.
2013-02-23 11:19:29 AM
1 votes:
I'm guessing most of the people siding with Samsung in this thread have never used VoiceOver. When it's activated, tapping anywhere on the screen describes what you just tapped on, and double tapping activates that button. You can set it to activate/deactivate by triple-clicking the home button, but that's not the default setting, and you can set it to always on. Samsung's argument that it's "a button that describes what's on the screen" is tenuous at best, and pretty dickish.
2013-02-23 10:21:32 AM
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BizarreMan: Actor_au: Seems to be a straight up case of Apple once again stealing something and then pleading that because people enjoy it so much they should be allowed to keep using it.
Blind people need phones but Apple screwed them over by stealing a technology that wasn't theirs to begin with.
Sure some may argue that a button that describes what's on the screen is an obvious invention, but they'd also argue that having a phone be rectangular was obvious and we all know that particular innovation was groundbreaking when Apple came up with it.

Definitely this.


Yeah... except for the fact that the patent didn't really claim "a button that describes what's on the screen" and the design patent didn't just claim "having a phone be rectangular". But other than the entire premise of his argument, he's right.
2013-02-23 10:19:13 AM
1 votes:
This was foreseeable... courts all over the place have been shifting to viewing patents as economic forces, rather than strict property, and accordingly except in rare cases, money is the appropriate remedy for infringement, rather than an injunction.

Frankly, I think it's a good thing... injunctions are really way too big of a stick, and are used by trolls to extort larger settlements than are reasonable due to fear by the infringer that they could lose their entire business. Pretty much the only time they should be used are with design patents where specific look and feel is associated with the patent owner, and infringement is really closer to copying trade dress.
2013-02-23 09:39:55 AM
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Actor_au: Seems to be a straight up case of Apple once again stealing something and then pleading that because people enjoy it so much they should be allowed to keep using it.
Blind people need phones but Apple screwed them over by stealing a technology that wasn't theirs to begin with.
Sure some may argue that a button that describes what's on the screen is an obvious invention, but they'd also argue that having a phone be rectangular was obvious and we all know that particular innovation was groundbreaking when Apple came up with it.


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