When legal news dominates the tech pages, something has gone horribly wrong

Samsung Scores Win in German Patent Battle With Apple Over Its Tablets | PCWorld
http://www.pcworld.com/article/249200/samsung_scores_win_in_german_patent_battle_with_apple_over_its_tablets.html

Samsung Electronics is allowed to continue to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, after a regional court in Munich rejected an Apple motion to block sales of the product due to a patent violation, a spokesman at the court said.

The patent is related to “list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display,” according to the spokesman. But the court felt the patent didn’t include anything new, and therefore wasn’t valid, he said.

Apple can appeal the decision, but didn’t reply to questions about its plans.

Apple’s efforts to block the sale of Samsung’s tablets resulted in a small victory earlier this week when the higher regional court in Düsseldorf said it still wasn’t allowed to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany.

I’m pretty sure cuneiform is prior art for most of these ‘tablet’ patents, but don’t really have the millions to make that argumnet in court.

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