Posner, the U.S. judge who recently squashed Apple Inc.'s smartphone battle with Motorola Inc.,
has doubts regarding the applicability of patents to software. According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, Posner noted that
smartphones have thousands of features, with all of them having legal
protection. This "proliferation of patent," Posner said, is a problem.
Posner issued a full decision June 22nd detailing the rationale behind his
tentative dismissal June 7th of the high-stakes lawsuit between Apple and
Motorola over patented smartphone technology. Apple, Inc. v.
Motorola, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89960 (N.D. Ill. June 22, 2012) [enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers]. Full story on lexis.com.
isn't entirely universal. On June 29th, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted
Apple's request to enjoin Samsung from making, using, offering to sell, or
selling Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Apple,
Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90979 (N.D. Cal. June 29,
2012) [enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers].
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