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A German court in Mannheim has ruled against one of the patents in a suit brought by Samsung against Apple, one of the many battlegrounds in the tech titans' patent wars. Samsung can still appeal against the ruling and also has suits claiming a dozen or so other patents are being infringed by the fruitchomp-branded fondleslab …


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  1. LarsG


    German courts are to replace all computer hardware over the next year.

    Apples generous offer has saved the German government 40% in upgrade costs.

    German judiciary have stated that the free ipads they have been given to make them more efficient will in no way lead them to make bias judgements.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      LarsG, I see you have you now resorted to reading the German version of the Daily Mail in your longstanding quest to spew hate for Apple.

      Especially from a tabloid that had an app called "Shake the Bild girl" rejected from the App Store (due to it's nudity cotent)?

      Do you even believe the shit you're writing?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        Not allowing the 'shake the bild' girl is just a form of Apple censorship!

        It's ok in the US to show lots of 'murder death kill but when it comes to showing a bit of 'ti**y' they get all worked up and self rightuous.

        Accidentally flash a bit of ni**ple and all hell breaks loose.

        I for one will stick to android for its porn content apps, oh yes!

    2. ThomH Silver badge

      Das Bild = The Sun, for Germany

      Title says it all. Your news source is a sensationalist tabloid, the homepage of which is currently showing sufficiently much female flesh that those at work should probably not check for themselves.

      In any case the courts in every other country seem to be able to come to absurd patent decisions without any third-hand gutter insinuations of corruption so I'm willing to believe the case was decided on the merits.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        Dad Bild headline states online readership increases by 80% through smartphone access.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        I see nothing wrong with the Sun?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          RE: ?

          Well, it's big and shiny and makes life on Earth possible...

    3. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
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      Das bootinderarse

      Quite clearly a rant by LarsG with no proof.

      Unfortunately I am inclined to agree with him, the greed of big corporations knows no bounds, it's not personal ya know, it’s just business.

      For example, Goldman Sachs, employed by the Irish government to advise it on how to deal with the bond holders of the discredited Anglo Irish bank such as Goldman Sachs. No conflict of interest, it’s just business.

    4. LarsG

      SATIRE.... YES

      For goodness sake guys and gals get a sense of humour, you sound like a bunch of Germans at a comedy festival.

      Crikey, I can't believe you've all gone and looked up the website to find the article.

      What is it with the defensiveness of these fanbois and their downvoting? Then the personal attacks calling me a liar!

      It's a tongue in cheek post.

      I am writing this on an Apple iPhone 4s with the smug satisfied smile on my face that I have shaken the tree and the apples have fallen.

      I will now retire for the evening thinking happy thoughts.


      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "Retire for the evening thinking happy thoughts"

        Yes, I did figure you probably jerk off at this.

      2. ThomH Silver badge


        Oh, you should have said. I didn't realise that it was a joke, just like on Top Gear when they do their jokes.

      3. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        "LOL I TROLL U"

      4. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Skide godt Egon

        LarsG, good one! Use the "Joke" icon next time to warn those incapable of discerning your message intent.

      5. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

        Ja! Das ist gut.

        Now I know you've lost it LarsG, Germans at a comedy festival

    5. Graham Wilson
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      @LarsG - There's no uncertainty here!

      Yuh don't have to Einstein or understand Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principal to be certain the thumbs-downers own iPads.


  2. Mad Chaz

    And the very clear winner is ....

    The IP Lawers.

    Seriously, both compagnies can spend themselves into a black hole without a clear winner, for the simple reason that a LOT of today's patents are just pure crap. When you have a patent on a design of the UI, then you have 20 more like it, it becomes nothing but laughing stock.

    Patents are broken. They need a very serious scrubing and "back to basic" cleaning.

    When it's that obvious you can do something, it shouldn't be patentable.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    So this is the reason for Apple's success - their customers' lack of critical thinking skills.

    Apple says 'we're wonderful' so it MUST be true.

    LarsG makes up a headline in Das Bilt and the same response from the fanbois.

    Don't bother to check, just slag off Das Bild. (well worth slagging off, BTW, but not for printing something they haven't).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Can you prove there was no article like that in Das Bild? I got lost in the maze of other crap stories.

      Maybe it was in the print edition only?

      LarsG tends to have his "creative interpretations", but as far as I can recall blatant lying is a new low for him. Good to know if it's so, would help discredit his further rants.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        made me laugh

        LarsG thanks for the chuckle, ipads making the Germans more efficient!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Contrary to popular belief ...

          the Germans are not in any way efficient. Their society is massively antiquated, hoplesslty inefficient, conservative and a general pain in the arse to be part of. Having worked there for several years, I speak from my personal experience. Germany is hopelssly, pointedly, inefficient.

          What the Germans are and Germany is, is highly organised. This is not the same thing.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    i think

    I think LarsG was being satirical.

    The way the German courts have appeared to back apple over Samsung is enough to make you sniff the air to detect for something nasty....

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      LarsG is that you posting as AC talking about yourself in the third person again?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        err, no, it was me posting as me but under the AC tag....

        I sensed straight away that he was being satirical and decided to say so,

        its a sad sate of affairs that someone would think that somebody would be so pathetic to comment about themselves in the 3rd person on a web forum...

        pathetic really...

  5. Jeebus

    Unsurprisingly European governments and law systems find in favour of Apple.

  6. Lars Silver badge


    should shoot down this flawed patent system, but i suppose nobody will.

    Perhaps a good start would be to shorten their lifespan a lot.

  7. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

    Is it the Tony Hancock radio episode where he's a gardener growing a prize marrow

    ...and he strolls into the court (to stop the council building a road over his garden, or something) and says, "Good morning, judge, have an Apple"?

  8. TeeCee Gold badge

    "...."slavishly" copy Cupertino's iPhones and iPads."

    Dunno about that, but Samsung's legal strategy seems awfully familiar.

    Maybe Apple should have patented: "Sueing the fuck out of anyone, whether or not you have a leg to stand on"?

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