Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jul 2012 10:48 UTC
Legal Groklaw nails it: "In other words, [Apple and Microsoft] want to disarm the companies that got there first, built the standards, and created the field, while the come-later types clean up on patents on things like slide to unlock or a tablet shape with rounded corners. Then the money flows to Apple and Microsoft, and away from Android - and isn't that really the point of all this, to destroy Android by hook or by crook? The parties who were in the mobile phone business years before Apple or Microsoft even thought about doing it thus get nothing much for their earlier issued patents that have become standards. Apple and Microsoft can't compete on an even field, because the patent system rewards the first to invent (or now, after the recent patent reform, the first to file). Neither Apple nor Microsoft got there first. Samsung was there, since the '90s." To illustrate: Apple is demanding $24 (!) per Samsung device for design patents, while at the same time, Apple also demands that Samsung does not charge more than $0.0049 per standards essential patent per device. This is absolutely, utterly, and entirely indefensible. And then Apple and its supporters have the nerve to claim Samsung is ripping them off. Yes, this pisses me off, and no, that's not because it's Apple doing it (Microsoft is just as guilty). It's because this is plainly, utterly, clearly, and intrinsically unfair.
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RE: Whining by proxy
by shmerl on Sun 29th Jul 2012 18:33 UTC in reply to "Whining by proxy"
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Google is used here as example since Android is successful. Android is not really open, but do you think any truly open system won't be attacked by evil empires (MS and Apple) using patent racket? I bet it would. In this case they aren't aiming to destroy Android, they are aiming to be parasites and to profit from patent fees.

Parasites aren't going after small systems, they are going after widely deployed ones like Android. The moment some system will become commercially successful - they'll attack it as well, no matter if it was developed totally independently. Like in case with B&N, they revealed that Microsoft basically said that it doesn't matter what B&N do, MS will find some patent to extract money from them. This kind of attitude is totally disgusting.

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