Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:29 UTC
Legal Well. Raise your hands if you didn't see this one coming. Nobody is safe from Apple's and Microsoft's legal crusade against Android, not even Samsung, which supplies a lot of chips to Apple. Apple has sued Samsung for copying Cupertino's look and feel in various Samsung devices. This is about as surprising as the tides rolling in. Update: And Samsung's going to strike back. Hit 'm hard, Samsung. I don't like you anymore than any of these other patent trolls, but maybe we'll finally see it all crash and burn.
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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by kaiwai on Wed 20th Apr 2011 21:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
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Just because I couldn't post it in the article itself, here's my response on FaceBook - which more accurately reflects my opinion than what's in this article due to me not being allowed to curse in articles and shit.

I hope the entire mobile industry collapses. I've had with those fcuking litigious, power-hungry, anti-consumer companies. Let 'm all die and rot in hell for all I care. Fcuk iOS, fcuk Android, fcuk webOS, fcuk WP7. YOU'RE ALL COPYING PALMOS ANYWAY, BITCHES.

I second that sentiment. What confuses me is how broad the patent is to the point that it could pretty much lock out anyone from the touch based mobile phone market by virtue of something looking 'very similar' to what Apple offers. When one looks at the layout etc. of Apple's iOS, it hardly seems 'innovative' given that it seems the most obvious way of going about doing something because at the end of the day there are a limited number of ways you can do something with a screen that small.

Imagine if the first GUI was patented - if you made any use of 'icons' you had to pay a royalty for the use of a patented technology where said technology was defined as 'a picture, text or a combination of both representing a document, application or some other entity an end user wishes to access'.

PS. I'm a happy Windows Phone 7 user who has an iMac and MacBook Pro so it has nothing to do with 'player hating' and everything to do with pointing out the stupidity of the patent system to begin with.

Edited 2011-04-20 21:52 UTC

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