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Re: You *can't* patent a rectangle?

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____/ Kari Laine on Thursday 25 Aug 2011 15:19 : \____

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> On 08/25/2011 01:12 AM, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ____/ bbgruff on Wednesday 24 Aug 2011 22:04 : \____
>> 
>>> On Wednesday 24 August 2011 21:36 Homer wrote:
>> 
>>>> Verily I say unto thee that RonB spake thusly:
>>>>>
>>>>> Apple in shock. Apparently you *can't* patent a "rectangle with
>>>>> rounded corners" after all. The judge in the Netherlands court even
>>>>> went as far as saying that the iPad's "minimalist design makes it less
>>>>> viable for patent protection." He also cited prior art, including the
>>>>> Compaq TC1x00 and Knight Ridder Tablet. In regards to the iPhone, the
>>>>> judge cited the LG Prada as prior art. But more importantly, as
>>>>> regards to the Android GUI itself, he cited the Nokia 7710 as prior
>>>>> art. It's also interesting that the judge stated (in regards to the
>>>>> Galaxy Tab) "...only the front shows some resemblance, while
>>>>> everything else is entirely different."
>>>>>
>>>>> It's a good day for choice and for sanity.
>>>>
>>>> We've yet to hear from the German State of Texas, though.
>> 
>>> True, but did you cop for this:-
>>> "Samsung does not "slavishly copy" Apple's iPad and iPhone."
>> 
>> It's rather odd to defend Samsung, which pays Microsoft for Linux,
>> helps Windows DRM, etc.
>> 
> It might change now when Google got few patents...
> If I don't buy Samsung tablet - then what other good one is available
> and how do I know who of them have what contracts with Microsoft...
> 
> I certainly will keep eye open for others but I am little inclined to
> Samsung because they are doing fighting against Apple.

Turns out that Samsung only pays for FAT (OIN's CEO phoned me
and told me this last night). It's no big deal then to buy from Samsung, just
not preferable, IMHO (Motorola said "no" to Microsoft when facing the 
same extortion attempt).

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