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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Apple has been at this game for a while
by jefro on Thu 17th May 2012 14:52 UTC
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This is not a new idea to any person who knows Apple's contracts or agreements. They have been at this sort of business plan for decades. Yes, they had to buy companies instead of licensing. Yes, they set strict rules on how their software and hardware could be used. It is clear that the massive adoption of it's mobile products prove that the people like it.

I can't figure out why this patent deal is so strange to anyone. The inventor of the rim fire cartridge had a poor agreement with the gunmaker it selected. The gunmaker only agreed to pay a royalty if the inventor fought off patent claims. The inventor died penniless. You may have a great idea but you have to defend it.

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