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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Where were all of the critics when Apple was being sued? Were all of the Apple bashers complaining when Typhoon Touch Technologies sued Apple alleging patent infringement in portable touch screen technology? Where were you when Nokia Corporation sued Apple for infringement of Nokia's patents relating to wireless technology? Didn't hear much out of you when Kodak alleged Apple's phones infringed on patented Kodak digital imaging technology. You all seemed rather quiet when Samsung sued Apple for infringing on a 3G patent.

Apple's end-user satisfaction is not due to some over-arching "big thing." It's due to the polished hardware and software, much of which is protected by patents. Yeah, any given thing may be small, but the overall market advantage Apple holds is due to combining these elements in a way that pleases customers.

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