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Apple's Court Win Over Samsung Still Leaves Questions
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tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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10/15/2015 | 1:28:32 PM
Re: End the litigation, continue the competition
It's sort of like copyrighting songs. There are only so many combinations you can make out of 8 notes.
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tjgkg,
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10/15/2015 | 1:25:37 PM
Re: End the litigation, continue the competition
To me the only time the company has the abilty to get away with being greedy is when there is no competition. Like in the bad old days when there was only one cable TV company in a market. Since the competition, all the companies want your business and pricing is a lot more competitive. Plus the service has gotten better. I remember how arrogant the cable company was.
larryloeb
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9/20/2015 | 8:33:20 AM
Re: End the litigation, continue the competition
No, it's rather specific. Apple says Samsung infringed on patents that had been awarded to it.

The broad question is what do those patents do for a company? What protection do they grant?

The dustup is about how much it should cost Samsung. That they infringed on the patents has already been decided,

 

 
Gary_EL
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9/19/2015 | 10:09:32 PM
Re: End the litigation, continue the competition
This sounds like another murky case involving "look and feel". I'm glad I'm not a judge. I spent 5 happy years doing prior art research, and I'm convinced there hasn't been a completely new idea since before "Adam got kicked out of the garden", as patent attorney love to say.
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9/19/2015 | 7:55:42 PM
Re: End the litigation, continue the competition
The competition may or may not benefit the consumer.

If the companies get greedy, all the benefits accrue to them.
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9/19/2015 | 1:44:04 PM
End the litigation, continue the competition
I think it is great that there are two great companies competing with each other in the smartphone arena. It only benefits the consumer. The litigation is a waste of time because as you mentioned, neither company developed the smartphone, they just built on the idea. There is always going to be an issue with similar features. But i am sure Samsung can countersue Apple because many of Samsung's ideas appeared first and then wound up being features in iOS.

The short term court victories will not offset the long term use of the features. And it could backlash against the winners. Both companies would be better off holding their fire and using their cash to further innovate and improve their products. Both are excellent but can be better.


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