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Apple gets Dutch sales ban of Samsung products

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
News Categories: Apple

A Dutch court has banned certain Samsung Galaxy products that infringe on an Apple patent, reports IDG. The patent involves scrolling through photo galleries on a touchscreen, and the ban applies to Galaxy products that run Android 2.2.1 or newer versions, and don’t use Samsung’s proprietary photo gallery software. Specifically, Apple has “patented a way to scroll past the edge of a zoomed-in photo and see a glimpse of the next in a series of images, after which the initial photo bounces back onto the screen, a technique that Samsung has used in its Galaxy products. Samsung’s proprietary photo gallery software replaces that bounce-back feature with a ‘blue flash’ that illuminates the edge of the image.” Samsung must pay Apple $129,000 each day it violates the ban. This follows a recent Dutch court ruling that Samsung did not infringe on an Apple patent involving the use of two fingers on a touchscreen.

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Somehow authors can’t even copyright the title of a book at all, yet Apple can claim Samsung owes them $129K/day for having a similar UI for picture scrolling even though they use no identical code to implement it. Imagine if books, comics, music, games, movies, science, autos, restaurants, television, comedians, etc. worked like this; our entire civilization and culture would grind to a halt and collapse inside of six months if it were actually enforced.

I really have to wonder how long this stupidity can go on, because at some point someone has to realize you can’t patent an idea, only an implementation.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on November 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM (PDT)

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