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In the latest chapter in the ongoing global patent litigation between Apple and Samsung, the South Korean company has asked a local court to grant it access to the source code to iOS 6, claiming that only the code will tell whether Apple infringed its patents. According to a report in The Korea Times on Friday, Apple's legal …

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Saucy

You might as well hand them over the keys to your house and let them sleep with your mother, girlfriend, sister and wife.

I think not.

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Re: Saucy

Samsung doesn't actually get to see any of the source code. The way these things usually work is that a neutral 3rd party will be tasked with determining if the code violates the patent, after all the suitable NDA are signed of course. And normally the code is stored on a physically secure machine that is not connected to any network to prevent any hack attempts.

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Re: Saucy

When I first heard it I too thought it was a ridiculous request.

Then I remembered that this is a request to the same folk who think rounded corners are an invention and slowly came to realise that using logic is not a good predictor of the outcome of such cases.

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Re: Saucy

I would consider this appropriate in copyright infringement cases, but in this case it's about patents. If it is not clear by looking at the device black-box wise whether a patent is even being infringed, said patent paper should be used as canine fecal removement tool and the USPTO doofus who granted it should be GITMOed for aggravated asshattery.

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Re: Saucy

Remember who is asking for this (and making lots of money)- It's lawyers versus lawyers. Both sides employ them so they might as well get some use out of them. And I'm sure both sides have some form of war chest to cover the costs of the 40 ongoing cases, and it's a fraction of their profit.

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Re: Saucy

That was good! Thumbs up!

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Re: Saucy

Wouldn't it be funny if the neutral third party chosen by the court was Microsoft.

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Re: Saucy

Not an Android machine then...

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Re: ...the neutral third party chosen by the court was Microsoft.

DAMN YOU AC!!!!

A mouthful of a soft drink spewed all over a keyboard, NO THANKS TO YOU!

Another keyboard ruined. Now where do I send that bill!!!!????

</sarcasm>

<------- No soda icon, so this one will have to do.

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Re: Saucy

Destroy All Monsters, your test for worthiness of a patent would eliminate a shit ton of hard work from patent protection while maintaining it for land-grabs and rounded corners.

How about methods of write levelling on SSDs, object tracking, recovering signal loss due to multipathing in radio communication? I could go on and on. With a black-box approach you can tell someone else's product is doing a good job or not, or even if it is attaining similar performance to your method, but you can't tell if they are infringing your clever method of doing it.

If you don't reject the patent system entirely, then this sort of discovery is a necessary consequence.

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Perfect Digital Storming Weather Ahead ..... Highly Frequent Squalls and Squirmishes Expected

You might as well hand them over the keys to your house and let them sleep with your mother, girlfriend, sister and wife.

I think not........ LarsG Posted Friday 25th January 2013 21:00 GMT

Notwithstanding what you may think, LarsG, do you think the request, which apparently is not unprecedented, and may even be quite usual in such cases, has spooked some insider trading and parasitic profit making?...... Apple's Flash Dump In The Last Second Of Trading Caught On Tape

Or is there another good reason for that ........

Ok .... who's realising that Blackberry 10 [launch date Jan 30th] is the new superkid on the block? And what would constitute and precipitate a flash crash?
.... on a rigged and rigging market platform with dodgy HFT algorithms which are vulnerable to ...... well, let us just say more expert chaos source manipulation.

Welcome to the Greater Great IntelAIgent Game and Devilishly Heavenly ARG MetaPhorical Play ..... Virtual ShowTime.

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Re: Saucy

Software patents ring a bell!!

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Re: Saucy

Why? Apple have Microsoft may be rivals but they have agreements on patents and it is in Microsoft's interests to keep Apple afloat. They did so in the 1990s to avert another anti-trust investigation.

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Re: Saucy

"Samsung doesn't actually get to see any of the source code."

I don't think they would want to either as there would be all sorts of cross claims that you are copying the code you've seen when you release your next product.

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Re: ...the neutral third party chosen by the court was Microsoft.

Actually, there's never been a soda icon, but there IS a "you owe me a keyboard" icon... :)

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Seems to be a case of:

You show me yours, and I'll show you mine.

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Last man standing...

I still say the way to settle this is a via Celebrity Death Match with the heads of both firms in the ring.

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Clearly ridiculous to allow Apple cases to be tried by an American court.....should be in a neutral country such as Saudi Arabia.

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Anonymous Coward

DUH! this is about patents registered in the USA!

You have to register copyright, trademarks and patents in each country you want them active in.

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Trollface

Hey, now, don't let logic, reason, and law get in the way of a perfectly good American Hate thread.

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Anonymous Coward

"DUH! this is about patents registered in the USA!"

DUH! did you read the article? It clearly states "the South Korean company has asked a local court to grant it access to the source code to iOS 6". Local to South Korea is not the USA. If that's not enough for you, click the report which tells you specifically which South Korean court it is.

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@Maddox.

the reason why you see these sort of posts in patent discussion forums, is the same reason why you see anti-Saudi Arabian posts in human rights forums.

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Saudi Arabia?

OK g.marconi, if you want to apply Sharia law to the "conflict" between Apple and Samsung; one way to make it more interesting would be to apply Sharia punishment also.

Now, what is the the Sharia punishment for "theft"??

Perhaps it can be applied to the CEOs of both companies, starting with the CEO of Apple.

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"Re: Registering copyright

Only stupid, backwards countries require people to register copyright.

In sane countries, copyright applies the instant someone creates content.

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Why...

can't we all just get along?

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Re: Why...

"Why can't we all just get along?"

Because all the lawyers would starve - and the lawyers won't let that happen.

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Re: Why...

"Because all the lawyers would starve - and the lawyers won't let that happen."

Damn! I knew there was a flaw in the plan somewhere!

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Anonymous Coward

Samsung just has to wait until Apples stock price depresses further, then they can buy Apple for a song.

AAPL is down 34.5% from the high point in September.

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Samsung's big success in the mobile market will be killed off by Google's nexus.

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Think that might be a while - they are still vying for number 1 or number 2 with Exxon.

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"Samsung's big success in the mobile market will be killed off by Google's nexus."

That requires... stock.

(Annoyed Android Dev needing a new dev phone)

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RE: .... they can buy Apple for a song

Now, you are wandering into a real "dirty tricks" scenario there!!!!

Imagine, for a moment, Sammy using some proxies to slowly buy up Apple stock while it sits in the tank. Then when sufficient stock is held by the proxies, stage a takeover. First act of the new "owner" - boot Apple's C level suite right out the door.

Karma - best served without any warning.

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And physical buttons

Nexus 4 is all very nice but I've lost track of the number of calls I've missed while trying to take off my gloves to answer the bloody phone. Soft buttons might be great for the Beach Boys but here in northern Europe it gets a bit chilly and I really miss that magic green physical button. It is not like the space is used for any other function either...

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Re: And physical buttons

While I appreciate your frustration, which I shared till recently I must inform you that there are gloves out there (both thermal and work) that have a small patch of conducting material on the thumb and index finger ends.

Of course it's a pain and an unnecessary cost but when you next go for a pair of gloves keep it in mind.

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Think of the children!

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Anonymous Coward

Give it 3-4 years and Samsung will be back making pretty average fridges and microwaves.

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and Apple will be suing them, claiming that they invented the fridge and microwave.

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Average?

what's wrong with average?

By "pretty average" do you mean below average?

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You obviously lack ambition

"and Apple will be suing them, claiming that they invented the fridge and microwave."

Actually Apple invented cold. Um, and hot. So I guess until Apple came along everything was, like, the same temperature? Uh, yeah, sounds right*.

* You may believe that ranges of temperature existed before Apple invented them, indeed you may even have seen science fiction movies that predicted the basics of things not all being the same temperature many years ago. Perhaps, at your most erroneous, you may believe that you yourself owned thermometers that indicate that others had considered the concept of temperature ranges to not only exist but in fact be blindingly obvious, years before Apple's invention. However, I spoke to twelve people in East Texas on the subject (one of whom was an "inventor" himself) and they tell me that you're wrong.

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of course Apple invented the fridge

Rectangle, check

Rounded corners, check

Cool, check

Patent infringed.

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Re: of course Apple invented the fridge

Does any here know of a browser plugin that renders invisible any comment that contains the phrase 'rounded rectangle'?

Of course; those of you who use such a plug-in won't be able to read this comment. Damn!

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And Apple?

Back making minority-market, over-priced PCs?

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Re: Actually Apple invented cold. Um, and hot.

And Apple looked, and saw that is was good.

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Re: of course Apple invented the fridge

And you need a plug-in to achieve this outcome?

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"Give it 3-4 years and Samsung will be back making pretty average fridges and microwaves."

...along with the oil tankers, power stations, hospitals, heavy construction equipment, insurance, theme parks, department stores, and jet engines. Seriously, mobile hadsets are just one part of an electronics division which is one small part of a highly diversified industrial behemoth...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung

I suspect they'll be around considerably longer than Apple.

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Trollface

>Give it 3-4 years and Samsung will be back making pretty average fridges and microwaves.

Better than making subpar ones and charging premium prices for them ala Sony's electronics these days.

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Karma's a bitch

Apple have been free to rip-off Android for years, because of it's opensource nature. (Notifications anyone??) Now the tide has turned, it's payback time...

Oh dear. I'm sure all will turn out fine, as it's quite clear Apple have plenty of US officials in it's pockets thou..

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Re: Karma's a bitch

Thou what?

Incidentally, dost thou have a standard QWERTY keyboard layout?

If thou hath such, please find the L key on thy keyboard.

Now, move two keys to thy right.

Now, rip that key off of thy keyboard and cast it from thine presence.

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Re: Karma's a bitch

You have me with:

If thou hath such, please find the L key on thy keyboard.

Now, move two keys to thy right.

Now, rip that key off of thy keyboard and cast it from thine presence.

On my QWERTY keyboard, the key 2 keys to the right of the L key is the ' / " key. Now, why would I want to get rid of it??? It comes in handy when I create BASH scripts.

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Re: Karma's a bitch

"Thou what?"

How about: Thou shalt finish words and sentences and not just tail off in the middle.

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