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Facebook, Google and Other Silicon Valley Companies Side with Samsung in Patent Case

Facebook, Google, eBay, HP, Dell and other Silicon Valley companies weighed in on the ongoing Samsung and Apple patent case, siding with the Korean company in a "friend of the court" briefing filed on July 1 to the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and first spotted by Inside Sources [PDF via AppleInsider]. The companies argue that the court ordering Samsung to turn over profits would lead to stifled innovation.

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If allowed to stand, that decision will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies, including [the briefing draftees], who spend billions of dollars annually on research and development for complex technologies and their components.
The companies contend that technology like smartphones, which include thousands of different components in both hardware and software, is too complex to award profits, like Samsung is being ordered to do, based on individual component infringements. They argue that any company could then be opened up to patent infringement cases for insignificant features like a specific user interface creation that only appears on a single screen of an app, therefore stifling innovation.

After the companies submitted their thoughts to the court, Apple responded by arguing their thoughts should be dismissed. The Cupertino company specifically called out Google, pointing out that the company has a strong interest in the case because its behind the Android operating system used by Samsung and that the Mountain View company cannot be an impartial "friend of the court".

In mid-June, Samsung asked the court to reconsider a central part of a recent ruling that ensured Apple would receive $548 million in damages, with Samsung wanting the court to rehear the case with a full 12-judge roster rather than the 3-judge panel it used in the previous ruling. That previous ruling reduced Apple's reward from $900 million to $548 million.

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51 months ago
Reasons
Samsung:


Google:


HP:


Dell:


Facebook:
Rating: 96 Votes
51 months ago

Samsung had an "iPhone" looking phone out before the iPhone.

Rating: 71 Votes
51 months ago

I placed this note in the eBay feedback page:

Just to let you know that I am seriously considering canceling my account with you since you filed a briefing with the court against Apple. Your actions are very wrong headed in the business environment. Your corporation is base out of the US and you're siding with a foreign company that is doing serious harm to a company based in the US. I wonder if I should report you to the NSA, FBI, CIA, and others. Do you have products for sale that harm US citizens from terrorist organizations? I may send an inquiry to the California State Attorney General for your actions.

You seriously wrote that? Geez, they're just tech companies. Get over yourselves.
Rating: 37 Votes
51 months ago
I hate samsung even more now. If this goes through, Facebook & Google can kiss my ass and I'll cancel my Facebook account and will not use google anymore.
Rating: 31 Votes
51 months ago

Samsung:


Google:


HP:


Dell:

you forgot about this one


Rating: 23 Votes
51 months ago
National traitors. Facebook, Google et al. should be prosecuted.
Rating: 20 Votes
51 months ago
"If allowed to stand, that decision will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies, including [the briefing draftees], who spend billions of dollars annually on research and development for complex technologies and their components."

God forbid that happens. Let's let Apple's use their cash to cover R&D for the entire Silicon Valley. While we're at it, why not force them to give out tech patent freebies every Christmas. They're rich bastards anyway, amirite? /s

OR (just a wild thought) how about we let the companies do their own R&D and stop holding their hand. Samsung's scummy infringement practices have bankrupted, or virtually bankrupted, multiple competitors in the course of their slimy history and the only reason Google is defending them is because they're dependent on their largest OEM.
Rating: 18 Votes
51 months ago
I don't know why people waste there energy getting heated over stuff like this in the comments. Being a "loyal Apple fan" (fanboy) gets you literally nowhere. It's not like you're going to be seeing any of that 500 million Apple is about to get. Instead they're going to go ahead and make another underwhelming, last year look alike phone with probably 3 new features (iPhone 6s) and charge you even more for it. Apple is not listening to you. Apple does not care. You are literally just another dollar in their pocket, another statistic on some graph, and another fanboy wasting their life getting mad over things that will literally not affect you at all. :)
Rating: 17 Votes
51 months ago
With friends of the court like these, who needs enemies?
Rating: 16 Votes
51 months ago
Some people here need to grab a snickers
Rating: 13 Votes

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