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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"The fact that it could be way more broken is not an argument for not fixing it now.

That's like saying keep changing your product until there are no pros and cons, just pros.

No, that's like saying keep changing your product to *improve* it, period. Like a point on horizon, perfection can't be the goal as it's not reachable, BUT it still remains a very good aim. And the current patent system is not improving.

Saying it could be worse is not an argument to not changing it. It's just the usual conservative argument, often used when the current situation benefits the one making it or people he tends to line with.

Wrong, Chevy licensed some of those patents, and incorporated their own designs and technology and OVERTOOK Ford after 10 years! Why is this point not coming across to anyone!!

Maybe due to prior Selden patent case lesson, without which Ford T sales will have been made illegal...

How ironic that even at this time, patent holders tried to threat competitors to block their business if they don't license their so-called generic patent, until a judge get his common sense back later and rule that this patent isn't that generic...

The same will happened eventually regarding the swipe gesture, the rectangular touch display surface, and even the search multiple search sources at once. And even Apple lawyers knows that. They just choose to make as much profit as possible until that time comes, well knowing that money made now worth more that money they may have to pay in compensation in the future.

"By best, you mean richest, right?

Wrong. People buy Apple products for a reason. They work and look amazing.

People buying Apple's competitors products for a reason *too*. Go figure!
And I'm not sure everybody will agree that they work and look amazing. Somes could find that they work fine but a bit outdated (smaller screen area anyone?) now and look more hyped than anything.

Profits are a product of that. Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, ranked by Forbes.

We're back to money here, right? Right.

Innovates the most, ranked by BusinessWeek. And last but not least:

"The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) released its latest report on Tuesday, revealing customer satisfaction ratings for cellphone manufacturers and wireless carriers. The survey says cellphone users are most satisfied with Appleā€™s line of iPhones."

That's nice. Too bad, 1) World is a bit larger than just USA, 2) I'm living in that larger part myself and 3) so my opinion is not represented in that ranking.

But, hey, don't worry, we are so used to this little omission...

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