Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th May 2011 15:42 UTC
Legal Patent trolls are evil. However, we're used to patent trolls attacking big companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple, who themselves keep the broken patent system intact - so it's kind of what goes around comes around; schadenfreude if you will. However, what if a patent troll carefully threatens to sue a number of smal-time iOS developers, knowing full well that these small developers cannot fight back due to the iOS developer agreement? What kind of low-point have we hit then?
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RE[4]: Shouldn't it be?
by MOS6510 on Sun 15th May 2011 16:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Shouldn't it be?"
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Well, I guess the patent stuff is just added bonus to the main case.

I agree most patents are so silly that a whole bunch of them might provoke a giggle.

When Samsung copies the iOS icons, the UI look 'n' feel and the style of the boxes I can understand Apple being upset, because Apple put time and effort in this and someone else takes a short cut.

In this case it's apparently a company whose soul business is getting hold of patents and suing companies, hoping to settle. This is ridiculous. They have no intent to ever to anything with those "patents" but sue. How are they hurt?

This is about upgrading from within an application. It's not even a detailed process, it's not how it looks or even smells. It's just starting an upgrade from within an app. How stupid is that?

It's something trivial and I can't think of anyway around it, except not upgrading from within the app. I don't think you should be able to patent that.

So this company wants to have millions? And what are they going to do with that money? Perfect their "in app upgrade" skill? Make apps that upgrade? Of course not, the money goes to their bank accounts.

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