Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Legal Yesterday, we were treated to another preliminary injunction on a product due to patent trolling. Over the past few years, some companies have resorted to patent trolling instead of competing on merit, using frivolous and obvious software and design patents to block competitors - even though this obviously shouldn't be legal. The fact that this is, in fact, legal, is baffling, and up until a few months ago, a regular topic here on OSNews. At some point - I stopped reporting on the matter. The reason for this is simple: I realised that intellectual property law exists outside of regular democratic processes and is, in fact, wholly and utterly totalitarian. What's the point in reporting on something we can't change via legal means?
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RE[2]: not a ptatent troll
by darcysmith on Sat 30th Jun 2012 23:47 UTC in reply to "RE: not a ptatent troll"
darcysmith
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A patent troll is one who protected their patent with no intention of implementing it... Apple clearly doesn't meet that.

I am not saying I agree with Apple, or with Samsung. Personally I think Samsung never have slavishly copied the iPhone to begin with. On the other side I'd say that Apple seems to be grasping at straws with a number of their lawsuits.

The whole patent system needs a massive overhaul. Apple should never have been granted many of the patents they hold. However, it is hard to fault them for playing by the rules they have been given. Samsung could have (probably) easily avoided the lawsuits as well.

Out of all of it, I just object to Apple being called a Patent Troll since they don't meet the definition of it. At the very least, they are trying (rightly or wrongly) to protect things that they have actually implemented.

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