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Facts: Apple Patent Ruling against Samsung

Engadget breaks down the ruling:

Apple brought three utility and four design patents to bear against Samsung. Patent number 7,469,381 is for the bounce back that occurs when you scroll beyond the edge of a webpage or document in iOS. Patent number 7,844,915 is for single-finger scrolling and two-finger zooming, while number 7,864,163 claims tap-to-zoom technology. As for the design patents, D618,677 claims the iPhone’s edge-to-edge glass, speaker slot and display border, while D593,087 claims its rounded corners and home button, andD604,305 claims the grid-style icon layout in iOS. The last design patent, D504,889 is for the iPad’s edge-to-edge glass, rounded corners, and thin bezel.

Apple hit a home run with the ’381 bounce-back patent — the jurors found that all 21 Samsung devices at issue infringed and that Samsung Korea induced its subsidiaries to sell those infringing devices as well. As for the the ’915 and ’163 zooming and scrolling patents, team Cupertino was also successful, albeit not completely: the jury found that most, but not all of the devices infringed and that Samsung Korea was, once again, guilty of inducement. Apple enjoyed similar success with its design patents, with the jury finding that every Samsung phone at issue infringed the D’305 iOS icon grid patent. Meanwhile, the D’677 edge-to-edge glass patent was infringed upon by every handset except for the Galaxy Ace, and the D’087 rounded corners patent was infringed by the Galaxy S, Galaxy S 4G, and the Vibrant. The D’889 patent turned out to be Apple’s sole loser, as the jury found that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and 4G LTE didn’t infringe the iPad’s design. To top things off, the jury found that all of the infringement was willful except for the infringement of the D’087 patent, and that all of Apple’s patents are valid.

The Verge has an easy and useful itemized product breakdown:

 

Woman sues Apple for having glass wall she walked into

A New York woman is suing Apple after walking face-first into one of their glass doors.  She reportedly broke her nose as a result of the incident, and is suing Apple for $75,000 in medical expenses, and $1 million in punitive damages. The NY Post dubs this “Pane” and suffering:

For one 83-year-old grandma, the most confusing piece of technology at an Apple Store wasn’t an iPad or iPhone — it was the front door.

Evelyn Paswall, a former Manhattan fur-company vice president, claims the tech company’s signature glass architecture is a menace to little old ladies after she failed to see the glass door at a Long Island location and smashed her face.

Now the Forest Hills, Queens, resident is suing Apple for $1 million, saying the company was negligent for not elderly-proofing the store’s see-through facade.

“Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd,” said her attorney, Derek T. Smith. “But on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.”

How Steve Jobs viewed his competition

In addition to Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Google’s Larry Page, the tapes reveal what Jobs thought about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.

Jobs tells Isaacson: “You know we talk about social networks in the plural but I don’t see anybody other than Facebook out there. It’s just Facebook – they’re dominating this. I admire Mark Zuckerberg. I only know him a little bit, but I admire him for not selling out. For wanting to make a company. I admire that a lot.”

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies at 56

FBN’s Shibani Joshi on how Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs’ innovations have impacted people globally.

FBN’s Ray Hennessey on the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs:

His memorable words:

On Technology

“But it’s a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light — that it’s going to change everything. Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” [Wired, February 1996]

On Design

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”

On Business

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” [The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993]

On Life

“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” [1982, quoted in Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple, 1987]

“I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.” [Wired, February 1996]

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

Apple Proposes New Planned Building

Apple is looking to build “best office building in the world” that Steve Jobs thinks architecture students will travel to, to be completed by 2015.

Jobs is planning on transforming an area that’s 20% landscaping to 80% landscaping by putting most of the building’s parking underground.

There are 3,700 trees in the area at the moment, Jobs has hired an arborist from Stanford to take the area up to 6,000 trees.

The current buildings in play with Apple’s current campus highlighted in green.


The space recently purchased by Apple highlighted in green.

Jobs noted that Apple tried to buy the apartments int he corner as well but they simply “weren’t for sale”

The plan is to build a four-story high building and four-story parking structure.
The campus will incude an energy center, and natural gas will be the primary source of power, using the grid as backup.

Jobs wants to increase the campus’ space 20% from 2.6 million to 3.1 million square feet.

Landscaping will increase 60% from 3,700 to 6,000.

Surface parking will decrease 90% from 9,800 to 1,200 .

The building footprint will decrease 30% from 1.4 million to 1 million.

The design will include a courtyard in the middle and curved glass all the way around, leading Jobs to boast that there is not a straight piece of glass in the entire building. This photo of Olafur Eliasson’s coloured glass walkway atop the ARoS art museum in Aarhus, Denmark could serve as a preview of what it might look like to walk through the Apple building when it opens.

There will be an auditorium, fitness center and some R & D buildings.

Jobs plans a 40% increase in Apple employees going from 9,500 today to 13, 000 in 2015.

Cafeterias will fit 3,000 people at a sitting.

The whole building will be designed with the utmost concern for employee safety.