Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Apr 2012 09:11 UTC
Legal "The man who co-founded Apple - the world's most valuable company - in the garage of Steve Jobs' parents, fears the torrent of intellectual property lawsuits being filed by companies such as Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC and Nokia could prevent future entrepreneurs from treading a path to technology fortune." Well, mr Wozniak, you are, technically, still an Apple employee. Shouldn't be too hard for you to get an audience with mr Cook.
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by vaette on Tue 10th Apr 2012 09:59 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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I also find it extremely annoying that people so quickly leap from "patents are problematic" to picking a side in every patent battle and whining endlessly about the perceived bad guy. There are no winners, there are no good guys. The companies to a great extent have to fight these battles since they have to maximize shareholder value, and they have to attempt to keep a level playing field.

It is a no-brainer that Android is in perfectly legitimate patent trouble under the current system, what we learn from that is that it is the system that is flawed. Giving Google a pass to take over the mobile market without having to face patent challenges would just leave us without a level playing field, unless everyone pledges not to sue another up and comer either. Google is rather unique in that it is the largest company built on the back on what is basically a single patent, US 6,285,999, PageRank, and certainly no one else is getting into the search market by using that technique. That is not to say that Google is a bad guy either, but they, like everyone, are on both sides of the problems with patents.

Apple is not the problem, the system is. If anything the intense activity at the moment will help facilitate the system getting some much needed changes.

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