Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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Comment by Tony Swash
by Tony Swash on Sat 5th Nov 2011 00:43 UTC
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And let's face it - not a single consumer benefits from the two companies blocking each other's products from the market, or from the fact they're wasting money on this instead of on actually, you know, making products.

Let's hope the EC tears both companies a new one. I'm sick of this anti-consumer bull%$&#.

Apple's strategic aim is not to block anybody's products per se. Apple's aim is to retain differentiation of it's products through preventing what it sees as copying of elements of it's designs that it has patented or which it feels it owns.

Leaving aside whether one thinks Apple is correct in it's view or justified in it's actions the principle that companies cannot simply adopt another company's patented or copyrighted technology or designs or innovations without permission whenever they feel like doing so is a principal that supports innovation. If innovation never brings any advantage in the market place because one's innovation can immediately be stolen or copied then why bother? Allowing unlimited or unconstrained copying will kill innovation because innovation will no longer bring any market or business advantage.

It is surely essential for innovation that being innovative brings something other than fleeting advantage, something more than a momentary advantage that only lasts until your competitors can copy anything you have created or invented. Being innovative is difficult, costly and demanding. Innovation will only happen if it leads to some advantage.

I welcome the patent wars, there are always patent wars at moments of great change and inflection because it during such periods of intense change that innovation and invention become most valuable. Let them all fight it out, let's support the principal of the protecting of IP and let the courts, the lawyers and juries decide who has a case or who doesn't.

Edited 2011-11-05 00:44 UTC

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