Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2012 09:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, the new HTC phones are facing delays in the US, and they now ship with a slightly modified US-specific Android build which removes data tapping and sports an altered app associations screen to avoid Apple's patents. This is step one. Step two is companies avoiding the litigious and anti-consumer messes that are the US and German markets altogether. Clearly, IP laws are working to the benefit of the consumer and the market as a whole. Great work guys.
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RE: How "original"
by bhtooefr on Thu 17th May 2012 10:34 UTC in reply to "How "original""
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The problem is that the things in question shouldn't be patented at all.

A hardware patent is a kind of source code - more of pseudocode, as you have to implement the details yourself, but still... (I'd actually like to see hardware patents go into more detail, though, on things like that.) It's an interesting idea, in that it gives how to make a novel thing to the public domain, in exchange for a temporary monopoly on that thing.

Software patents can't really be called pseudocode at all, though. They tend to patent the concept of something, not an implementation.

This "data tapping" patent, for instance, is an example of a simple concept being implemented. They hook a parser up to a menu of actions. They do explain the basic structure of their concept, but they don't demonstrate specific methods for implementing their concept.

Really, on software patents, the patent application should include source code.

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