Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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Damn, all those patents look like they're either for the 'damn obvious' or worse, they're already extensively used prior to the release of the iPhone. If anything, this case justifies the dire need for something to be done about the existing patent system because right now it is crippling innovation as everyone is cared that some dick will start suing thus causing a chain reaction.

I swear if I had 5 minutes with Steve I'd tell him to get over himself and go back to making great products instead of whining about the competition; If the Apple brand is as strong as many analysts and Steve claims it is then it should easily withstand a few cloners out there - after all, people are willing to pay for the brand even in the light of cheap knock offs.

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