Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:17 UTC
Legal I stopped following all the patent trolling in the mobile industry months ago because, you know, I have a life, but apparently some big ruling just got handed down in the United States: using three software patents, a patent troll from Cupertino has been given an injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, imposing a ban on the device. This patent trolling has to stop, blah, blah, we've all been here before. If you need me, I'll be over there on the sofa remembering the good old days when Cupertino was famous for great products, instead of infamous for its patent troll.
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Thom misuses the term "patent troll".
by MollyC on Sun 1st Jul 2012 04:37 UTC
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A patent troll is one who uses patents to obtain money for features that they themselves do not implement nor have any plans whatsoever to do so, and they demand outrageous (well beyond reasonable) license fees. Indeed there only purpose for the patent is to obtain money.

Apple does fit the latter criterion, in that they demant "infinite" license fees (i.e., they offer no license fee price at all, they demand that products be taken off the market altogether), but they do not fit the first criterion, and both are necessary in order for one to be considered a "patent troll", IMO.

Apple doesn't fit the first criterion because Google has been found to infringe on Apple patents for features that Apple is deploying in products that are on the market (as opposed to patents for features that Apple has zero plans to ever implement).

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