This week in bizarro patent law drama, a jury found that Samsung violated patents held by Apple corporation which included among them a patent on the rectangular shape of the phone. The jury awarded damages in the amount of $1 billion to Apple, which amazingly was around a third of what Apple asked for in damages based on market share.
This is obviously a horrible abuse of patent law, and just continues to underscore the very deep need for reform in the American patent system. There should be no way possible to patent something so basic and obvious as a shape.
So, now Samsung has to either a) pay to license the fucking shape of a phone, or b) come up with something new.
I say that something new is already out there.
In the megahit sci-fi reboot of Battlestar Galactica there was a pervasive use of octagonal paper.
When life tells you rectangles are patented, you make octagons.
I see this as the wave of the future. The workaround for all future generations is to create a general public license on octagons, that forbids anyone from claiming direct ownership of the form. And all future generations will live in the BSG world of our dreams.