Following the ridiculous court case where Apple was awarded $1B damage for completely ridiculous patents (subsequenctly reduced to $600m), 2 of the 3 patents - the bounce back and pinch to zoom have been invalidated by the US patent office.
Its only a matter of time before the last patent is also ruled invalid, and Apple's court case becomes a complete (and costly) waste of time. It couldnt happen to a nicer company!
This is but part of three pronged attack on Google by Apple+Microsoft+Oracle on the open source community - but it appears that common sense is prevailing, and Google is slowly but surely winning all the court cases across the Globe. (they've already won in the UK without chance of appeal).
Microsofts case is that Google by offering a free OS is harming competiton and setting back software progress - which is just hilarious, they are basically saying "our proprierarty system that we charge $80 is better for customers than Googles free OS that has more features and better innovation".
Oracle's case is by far the most entertaining with their claim that Google having the same rangecheckmethod (9lines of code out of 10m+ that a 1st year computer science student would come up with) somehow means they are entitled to $10B in damges. And despite getting spanked in the courts they decide to appeal - they really deserve everthing they are going to get - nothing but a huge legal bill and looking like a complete bunch of twats,
Google will win and Microsoft, Apple And Oracle will get what they deserve - being confined to the history books of mediocraty. Its a win-win for consumers, and an end to overpriced, underperforming crap.
The other hilarious tale is the ongoing SCO vs IBM case where SCO claim linux infringes their patents (which technically belong to Novell, not SCO), yet they still try and drag it out.
Open Source is the only way forward for IT, and the sooner these software dinosaurs with their proprietary systems realise this - the better of we wil be !
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