Apple v. Samsung: Apple rests, Samsung tries to bust Apple patents

“One of Samsung’s main strategies against Apple has been to point to ‘prior art,’ pre-existing versions of the features and designs made by others that could potentally invalidate the patents Apple is wielding against it,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.

“In the earlier part of the trial, Samsung focused on patents for phone designs,” Lowensohn reports. “Today, though, the company got into the guts of Apple’s software — in particular, the gestures people use to control iPhones and iPads.”

Lowensohn reports, “Samsung brought out a pair of ‘fact witnesses’ — i.e. not experts — involved in technology that predates some of the patented features found in Apple’s devices. That includes something seemingly simple like photos and lists bouncing back into place, as well as the “pinch-to-zoom” gesture — both things Apple says Samsung is infringing with its devices.”

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  1. Samsung.. “Since we build stuff… all your software and UI ideas should be ours for free” cause …. just cause…. 🙂

    It will be interesting to see if Apple can slowly move hardware sourcing away from Samsung and on to other companies. Making them bigger in the world market.

    Would it not be funny if in 5 years time if Samsung had slipped to a third rate producer of hardware cause Apple moved all its purchasing to other companies. ?????

    Just a thought.

    1. I would love to see Apple able to build up several parts suppliers to rival Samsung and that may be their long term strategy but it won’t happen very fast.

    1. FAIL indeed, considering that the video is specifically listed as demonstrating ‘One-handed thumb use’. That has WHAT to do with this case?! Clicking and dragging on stuff with one’s thumb is relevant HOW?! The video is all about having one finger, which is exactly equivalent to all the olde tyme STYLUS technology and all the even older, way back to 1965, touch screen technology.

      NO Samsung. We’re talking about MULTI-TOUCH technology. Remember? The 21st century? Is this the best BS you can concoct in court? Really? Pathetic much? Enjoying those holes you shoot in both your foot and your own back much? Stupid much? 😛

  2. The FanDROIDs of the world are delusional.
    Hmm, a smoking gun if there ever was one.

    I love how the comments here are mostly Samsung supporters, the Apple guys aren’t showing up to the party, I guess the RDF is broken once the truth comes out.
    Posted by Tommy861 (885 comments )
    August 14, 2012 6:43 AM (PDT)
    Unbelievable, how delusional.

    1. A fun thought, but it wouldn’t burn Samsung. Your own older products can be prior art that invalidates your patent. In fact, if your prior product was not disclosed to the Patent Office during the application process and is relevant as non-invalidating prior art, you might still lose the patent for failing to disclose relevant (even if not invalidating) prior art that you can’t argue you didn’t know about.

  3. Prior concepts and prior art are not the same thing. What Samsung has failed to do is to prove that the zoom and bounce feature are the same. They are not. The zoom feature on iOS is both, double-tap, and a gesture control where two fingers expand the image. The bounce feature is not the same. Apple is claiming the rubber banding is their art while Samsung says the bounce around is prior art-not the same.

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