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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They irony of the software patent laws
by mantrik00 on Thu 5th Jul 2012 10:03 UTC
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Combine US Patent laws and the FRAND nonsense and you have a situation where a frivolous UI patent like a human gesture of a swipe across the screen associated with an outcome (which may not be novel enough to be granted a patent in the first place) will be rendered more powerful to the extent of imposing a ban on innovative products of companies whose more technologically complex patents like methods for communication will be rendered impotent (in the name of being essential standard) so that large, well entrenched corporate interests like Microsoft and Apple can have a freehold of the market when all others get banned out of it.

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