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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Why are patients granted?
by mweichert on Fri 30th Jan 2009 00:12 UTC
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I cannot understand the purpose of patents. I can understand the idea behind copyright infringement.

Can someone give me an good example in which patents have a good merit?

Because as far I can see, they should never have been granted in the first place. I'm not trying to be ignorant, but I'm having a hard time understanding their use-case.


Edited 2009-01-30 00:13 UTC

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