Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Jan 2009 16:10 UTC
Legal There has been a bit of a buzz lately surrounding some indeterminate patent threats going back and forth between Apple and Palm. Palm is about to launch the Pre, which supposedly could infringe on a number of iPhone patents. Both companies have stated that they will defend themselves against any possible patent infringements. Engadget enlisted the help of two patent attornies, and they took a good look at both sides and came up with some interesting results: while Palm could be infringing on Apple's patents, Apple sure as water is also infringing on a number of Palm patents. Still, that doesn't have to mean anything.
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by nevali on Thu 29th Jan 2009 20:47 UTC
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Patent portfolios are the business equivalent of a nuclear deterrent. You're generally insane to use it, and run the risk of retaliation in kind by the other guy. Of course, your competitors are in exactly the same boat.

Of course, in neither case does this help the little guy who just wants to get on with it…

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