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Apple Closes, Urging Big Damages For Samsung
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pintaricn
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pintaricn,
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8/22/2012 | 11:16:01 PM
re: Apple Closes, Urging Big Damages For Samsung
what a helpful review of recent events. i'll be looking forward to informationweek's further coverage of this topic.
wht
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wht,
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8/22/2012 | 7:07:47 PM
re: Apple Closes, Urging Big Damages For Samsung
I expect Apple will win only a very small sum, and may not win anything. Samsung will appeal if the verdit goes against them, and likely will win in an appeals court. Apple's case could fall hard from the tree either in this verdict or a successful appeal. I love their products, but despise their method of operation and their corporate arrogance. Apparently it goes beyond Steve Jobs who many blamed for most of their dislike of Apple. While not being a fanboi of Apple, I don't have any extra loyalties to Samsung, Microsoft, or any other company. The individual device and it's usablilty and cost are what are most important to me. I will switch vendors and devices as the marketplace evolves at a given time.
FritzNelson
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8/22/2012 | 6:53:11 PM
re: Apple Closes, Urging Big Damages For Samsung
Mack Knife: InformationWeek attempts to provide an analysis of the news, using its skills of observation and experience. Where we offer our thoughts (the analysis), we are trying to add a level of interpretation and meaning behind the news. In a world where news continues to come from millions (billions?) of sources (when you include social media), providing the facts is hardly enough. In this case, our author is providing his observations based on attending the trial for the past weeks (and dozens of years of experience covering similar things). This is no different than any piece you would read in, say, The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, where there are observations and points of view shared in lengthier coverage of a major news event. (This is a nuance that is a bit different than an Op-Ed or general opinion piece where it the author may be clearly stating an opinion, or coming down on one side of an issue or another.)

Having helped guide how we would cover this trial, and having read all of the author's pieces, I would say he's been pretty balanced and in many cases has even championed some of the Samsung points of view during the trial. Likewise, where Apple has scored its points, he has duly noted that, too.

It is, however, the jury's job to decide -- in that, you're correct. But it's also our job to provide a point of view. We hope we've earned the trust of our audience to do that, even when you disagree with it, which is your right and we thank you for taking the time to voice your opinion as well (and hope you continue to do so). Having covered trials in the past, I can say that it is nearly impossible to walk out of an experience like that without having a point of view, and when emboldened by years of observation and the depth of a trial, and the many many hours of research spent preparing for it (before and during), I believe we owe that point of view to our readers.
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Jimmydash,
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8/22/2012 | 4:32:31 PM
re: Apple Closes, Urging Big Damages For Samsung
Fact of patent law; An element of design dictated by function can't be protected by a patent. To an ordinary person (as is required by patent law), most smartphones today appear to be similar, just as most flat screen television sets appear to be similar (to an ordinary person). This similarity in design can't be protected by a patent because this element of design is dictated by function. That's the law folks!
Mack Knife
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Mack Knife,
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8/22/2012 | 4:01:16 PM
re: Apple Closes, Urging Big Damages For Samsung
Should Information Week not declare it sides with Apple? Want proof? Here, from this very article:

"But on the whole, the McElhinny/Lee team wove a straight ahead, factual narrative, tied to a chronology of how the Samsung infringement took place"

Factual narrative? You mean the lawyer from Apple only spoke of facts and not Apple's interpretation of events?

With that statement, Information Week (no doubt having some T&C that says the opinion of those writing for it aren't its own) loses quite a bit of credibility.

Isn't it the job of the jury to decide the evidence? If Apple wins, so be it and the verdict should be accepted unless valid appeals are in order. Same for Samsung. But for Information Week to side with one or the other and pretend to be a reporter of information (Information Week) is rather disingenuous.


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