Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Sep 2011 23:33 UTC
Legal Ah, so that's what Google's masterplan is regarding the defense of Android against the patent trolls. HTC has just launched a few more defensive patent lawsuits against Apple, and while that's by far no longer newsworthy, it is this one time. You see, HTC is suing Apple over 9 patents that have only very recently been transferred (namely, a week ago) from Google to HTC. The patents come from Palm, Motorola, and others. This means Google is giving away its patents to Android device makers. Nice of them.
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RE[5]: Shabby journalism
by elsewhere on Thu 8th Sep 2011 19:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Shabby journalism"
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Good. Copying is bad for innovation.


Innovation by it's very nature necessitates "copying". Innovation is improvement of an existing idea.

The iPhone is a package of pre-existing ideas and concepts that was put together in an innovative way. There is no aspect of the iPhone that is inherently unique and doesn't build on an idea or invention that already existed in one way or another.

Apple achieved massive first-mover advantage in the market with the iPhone, that is the reward for innovation. It's up to them to continue building forward, they shouldn't get to draw a line in the sand and say "Ok, guys, pack up and go home because we've now perfected the smart phone and we'll sue you if you try to build a better one." The iPhone wouldn't exist if Apple didn't have the previous work of other companies to draw off of.

Copyright laws exist for a reason, and should be the standard by which software and creative work is protected, not patents. Patents are intended to protect inventions. Legally protected monopolization of ideas and concepts is bad for innovation.

I do agree with you that it's up to the courts to sort this mess out.

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