CNET's Don Reisinger has written a news story which not only has a wrong headline, but also an incorrect beginning.
"Apple has won another major victory in its ongoing battle with Samsung."
Really? So, what you are saying is that Apple has won another major victory when the Dutch court has rejected all its patents and design claims except one (later about this one?). The court allowed Samsung to sell its Galaxy Tab across EU and you call it a major victory for Apple? Interesting.
Don further writes:
A Dutch court in The Hague today issued a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Ace smartphones, following a hearing on the matter earlier this month. The court said that the devices violated a software patent Apple holds in the European Union that the iPhone maker claimed, Samsung violated.
Wrong. The court rejected all of Apple's claims but one patent. This is a minor patent which is related to how Galaxy phones show photos.
Don, for your kind information, the court has NOT banned the Galaxy phones. The court has given Samsung seven weeks' time to circumvent the patent. It's a minor issue and can be easily fixed by a software update.
Throughout this period Samsung is free to sell its Galaxy phones. IF and that's a big IF, Samsung fails to find a software fix for that patent, then only it will be banned from selling these devices.
The preliminary injunction against Samsung's devices will go into effect in mid-October. Neither Apple nor Samsung immediately responded to CNET's request for comment.
Don fails to explain under what circumstances there might be a ban. To me it looks like an attempt to mislead users by telling them that Galaxy phones will be banned in October, no matter what. Which I find an example of giving wrong information to users to influence their purchase decision.
Now, how do you call this a major victory for Apple? Apple lost all its design claims, Apple lost all its software patent claims, except for a minor one which can be circumvented, the court allows Samsung to sell Galaxy tabs and phones, yet you call it a major victory for Apple?
Can you explain, how?
Let me show Don an analogy. Let's assume Don wants to go to Japan. The authorities says 'yes you can go whenever you want, but we need to make sure all your papers are complete. We give you seven weeks time to submit your papers if you fail to do so, you will be banned from entering Japan after seven weeks.'
Now, should this be reported as "Don banned from entering Japan?" Obviously not. That would be incorrect, right?
This is a wake-up call for those journalists who use the feeds by a biased blogger as news source. There is nothing worse than misleading your own readers.