Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Oct 2010 21:30 UTC
Legal And we have another interesting development in the ongoing and ever-expanding idiocy that is the War of the High-Fiving Lawyers Mobile Patent World War. Motorola, now a central player in this worldwide conflict that is hurting consumers' wallets and clogging legal systems all over the world, has come to HTC's rescue by seeking to invalidate the patents Apple sued HTC with earlier this year.
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by tomcat on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Motorola..."
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mrhasbean- Your logic is entirely ridiculous. Quite the contrary, companies will spend more to stay on par with the competition. If we didn't have this tyrannical patent system society would be far better off.

LOL. Right, and if we had flying cars, there would be no ground traffic. Ergo, it would create a whole new set of problems. It's just common sense. If you make it easier for people to copy your inventions, you will have a society that basically sits around waiting for somebody to innovate, and then steals those ideas without investing a dime. Who would want to invest significant dollars and effort in any enterprise, knowing that their competitors will just rip-off whatever they produce? I would argue that this just slows down the pace of innovation. It doesn't increase it.

Please understand. What you're complaining about isn't lack of innovation. It's that each innovation is owned by someone in the industry who has his hand out, expecting to be paid. But since those costs are borne by the industry as a whole, it's a fairer system for everyone concerned, at the risk of pricing the little guy out of the market. But that's not to say that the little guy can't produce his own inventions and demand payment.

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