Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You wouldn't believe it, but something actually, truly interesting came out of the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit yesterday. Apple had conducted a survey to find out why, exactly, consumers opted to go with Android instead of the iPhone. The results are fascinating - not only do they seem to invalidate Apple's claims, they provide an unusual insight into consumer behaviour. The gist? People choose Android not because it's an iPhone copy - they choose it because of Android's unique characteristics.
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I was pointing out that there's no non-arbitrary line by which we can absolutely qualify "patent trolls" without entering significantly more subjective grey areas. Many US companies no longer build any products internally whatsoever, they outsource development and do not own or invest in the means of production. They essentially own the brand + "IP", not the means of production. It's clearly a grey area,

There's no such grey area. Whether or not a company actually manufactures the products they sell has never been a factor in determining if the company is a "patent troll". It simply doesn't matter. Whether the company produces products (using whatever means and resources) or not at all is what counts.

Again, when the term was coined, its meaning was not a mystery -- to the contrary he was very clear about it. Trying to inject complexity into its meaning doesn't change or accomplish anything other than cause confusion for the person doing it (I guess).

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