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06.24.12

Android Beats Oracle and Apple Patent Challenges

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Google, Oracle, Patents at 9:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Oracle, whose founder considers Apple’s Steve Jobs to be his “best friend”, is unable to tax Android (even by one cent) and Apple gets beaten in court also

THE Android/Dalvik case continues to be studied whilst Oracle is expected to appeal the ruling. For the time being, Android remains free from Oracle tax. Steve Jobs’ war on Android surely is failing and Apple is falling in the ranks compared to Android. Apple cannot win against its main Android rival, not even in court:

Apple has lost its legal battle against Samsung in the Netherlands. A judge ruled that Apple infringed upon Samsung’s 3G patent associated with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

Here is another report:

The Korean consumer electronics giant won the ruling in a court in The Hague, according to reports.

It seems clear that Apple overestimated its odds in court. With those lawsuits, Apple is attacking innovation. Cory Doctorow quotes Hugh as saying about the EFF’s latest campaign:

Today, EFF launched a new campaign against software patents. In this campaign, we outline seven proposals that we think will address some of the greatest abuses of the current software patent system, including making sure that folks who independently arrived at an invention can’t be held liable for infringing on a software patent. But our campaign isn’t just about our proposals — we also want to hear, and amplify, the views of the technical community. Many engineers, researchers, and entrepreneurs have suggested that reform is not enough and that software should not be patentable, period. We want to record these views, which is why our Defend Innovation campaign is designed to solicit comments from all of the stakeholders. We’ll incorporate what we learn into a formal publication that we can take to Congress that reflects the views of innovators, academics, lawyers, CEOs, VCs, and everyone else who is concerned about the software patent system.

Suffice to say, software patents are currently one of the main barriers to Android “world domination” as some call it. We intend to refocus accordingly (more on that in the next post).

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