Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Sep 2011 21:48 UTC, submitted by glarepate
Legal "In a scene straight out of Bizarro World, Apple's lawyers are crying foul about Samsung and recent Google acquisitions Motorola's allegedly 'anticompetitive' use of patents. Yes, this is the same Apple that has initiated a patent war with these smartphone rivals. And it's the same rival that has tried to remove competing products from the market, rather than agree to negotiate a licensing fee. And it's the same company that patented multi-touch gestures 26 years after they were invented at a research university. And it's the same company that allegedly doctored evidence in European courts to support its lawsuits against Android. Yet in Apple's rose-colored glasses it is Samsung and Motorola who are bullies. Apparently Apple is irate about these companies' countersuits, which rely largely on patents covering wireless communications."
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RE: You clearly don't get it ...
by Neolander on Fri 2nd Sep 2011 19:16 UTC in reply to "You clearly don't get it ..."
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If I'm not misunderstood, what you are saying is that it is right to patent stupid stuff and sue people about it, but that patenting actually useful inventions, like Wi-Fi and 3G connections, is not okay, right ?

In that case, what's the point of having patents at all ? Are they only there for money extorsion and other legal bullying tactics in your view ?

(This is a serious question. In my view, the fact that random things like round rects can be patented is a problem with the current patent system, and the fact that patents on important inventions can be used to legally bully a competitor and push it out of the market is another problem with it)

Edited 2011-09-02 19:24 UTC

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