German court tosses out Samsung AND Apple patent sueballs
Chaebol dodges slide-to-unlock claim while Cupertino dodges 3G patent suit
Friday saw two new rulings in the ongoing Apple v Samsung patent squabble in Germany.
Judge Andreas Voss handed down one ruling in Samsung's favour (kicking out a claim by Apple over the slide-to-unlock patent) and one in Apple's favour (quashing a claim by Samsung that the iPhone had infringed one of its 3G network patents).
The companies are likely to appeal both of Friday's rulings.
Samsung has taken out seven patent lawsuits against Apple in Mannheim. Apple has at least another six pending.
The battle continues. ®
It still beggars belief that one can even patent 'slide to unlock'. Why has that not been utterly obliterated by the deluge of prior art (sliding locks on gates, the binding on the diary, the stall on the latrine....) I can only put down to justices that are utterly out of their depth.
And while on a related subject, Apple's "distinctive look". Really? Last I heard, that came about in the 1930s. It was called "international style" architecture, characterized by simple, clean lines, often with extensive use of metal and glass.
Guess it's like they say, everything old is new again...
Are people still taking Florian Mueller seriously?
What about his claims Google owes Oracle "billions" of dollars in the current Java patent case? Currently, most of the patents have been ruled invalid and the Oracle expert in coming up with the damages has had his report thrown away twice by the judge (and is on attempt number 3). Even the judge has said questioned Oracle's strategy by stating : "Given that the examiners have issued final rejections on patents ’720, ’702, ’476, and ’205, and Oracle has only withdrawn the ’476 patent [... snip .. ] would it be better to postpone trial until after final decisions by the PTO on administrative appeal?"
Paris, because I believe she knows more about patent law than Florian.
Re: So did the judge actually say...
No he said....
Kinder, kinder, gehen sie jetz nach hause sonst gebe ich dir eine paar hinter deine Ohren.
Roughly translated go home or you'll get a clip round the ears.
BILD zeitung, 5-3-2012.