I realize there is topic fatigue on this issue. However some of the biggest issues that I face as a designer are related to patents. As this development did not get any play here, adding it to the topic roll now. Something uncommon.
The US Patent office "disavowed" a patent
at the core of the dispute.
NYTimes wrote: The patent office’s re-examination team issued its invalidation decision on patent 7,469,381. It was one of the six patents that formed the basis of the jury verdict against Samsung in a federal court in San Jose, Calif.
The patent is at the center of Apple’s intellectual property strategy in smartphones and tablets of patenting user-experience software. Upon review, the patent office determined that the idea and the bounce feature had been invented earlier, even if the pointing device was not a finger on a touch screen.
Also strictly for amusement, gone are the days when you could assume that judges were not web publishing savvy:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-0 ... -case.html
Bloomberg wrote: Apple said complying with the 24-hour rewrite ruling would be impossible and asked for 14 days to review the apology. Judge Jacobs scoffed at that idea and shot it down.
"I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can't put this on [the Apple website]," said Jacob. "I just can't believe the instructions you've been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?"