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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RE: Comment by Tony Swash
by JAlexoid on Sun 6th Nov 2011 15:34 UTC in reply to "Comment by Tony Swash"
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This is related to a rather public trial on a publicly visible issue within the EU. So whatever you might think, there is a lot of place for public comments. If you remember, the laws aren't created by labrats and handed down to us on tablets.

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.

Sorry to break it to you, but innovation is not patentable by legal definition. In reality some insane patent offices issue patents for innovations and disregard the requirement for an inventive step, but that is another issue.

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