Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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RE: No.
by Valhalla on Thu 5th Jul 2012 00:29 UTC in reply to "No."
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Blame the gov't, blame the USPTO, but don't blame Apple for using the broken system.

I've always thought this line of reasoning to be incredibly naive. Why is USPTO granting all these pathetic patents out of hand, because they are so incredibly incompetent or because they are told to do so?

Given that USA's last bastion of export is 'intellectual property' it seems rather obvious to me that given the massive pull corporations have with the american government, the frivolous conduct with which patents are granted is a direct result of their lobbying on the matter.

To me it's furthermore equally obvious that after granting all these patents to american based companies, the US will do everything in their power to have these patents recognized outside of US borders.

And yes, I blame Apple for being one of, if not the worst in using these rotten to the core patents to stifle competition, 'slide gesture to unlock'?? 'multilingual keyboard depictions'?? seriously how the hell can anyone think these 'patents' can be granted unless the clerks at the USPTO have been instructed to grant everything which isn't already registered as a patent??

This is also why it's obvious there will be no patent-reform in the US, these companies have paid huge sums of money to buy and file tons of patents in order to prevent others from competing in their markets, they will make sure no laws are passed which will stop them from doing this.

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