Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 22:28 UTC
Apple "So Apple got yet another patent granted today, and now there's yet another media firestorm over whether it means Cupertino will be able to sue every other phone manufacturer out of business, or at least out of the business of making multitouch devices. And, as usual, most of the hysteria is based on a fundamental misinterpretation of what the patent claims actually say, and what behaviors they actually cover in iOS. I don't know why we keep repeating this sad cycle, but I do know that it’s always, always better for us to read the claims and try to figure them out for ourselves - and in this case,they're actually pretty narrow."
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Legal terminolo0y
by bfr99 on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 12:57 UTC
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A careful reading of a patent is about as useful as a careful reading of the US Constitution. The validity and interpretation of a patent (and the Constitution for that matter) depends entirely upon controlling court legal decisions and has little to do with the ordinary meanings of the terms used.

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