Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Sep 2012 21:40 UTC
Legal "The International Trade Commission voted yesterday to investigate Apple for patent infringement allegations launched by the Google-owned Motorola Mobility. As expected, Motorola is asking for import bans on just about every iOS device, including iPhones, iPods, and iPads. What might be surprising is that Motorola is also asking for a ban on every type of Mac OS X computer, claiming Apple's iMessage technology infringes a Motorola patent." Let's hope all those products get banned. And that all Motorola phones get banned. Let's hope everything gets banned from the US. And yes, I changed Motorola into Google for the headline.
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So now the other shoe drops...
by galvanash on Thu 20th Sep 2012 03:03 UTC
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I wish there was some way to avoid all this... I know, abolish software patents!

Seriously though - this is just going to go careening out of control now. Pretty soon Apple and Google are going to step back and shed some tears over all the money, time, and energy they are mutually wasting on this silliness. This is starting to look like a giant stimulus package for patent lawyers.

In the end only the lawyers win.

ps. For my fellow American geeks - I know it is about 800th on the list of import stuff, but find out the stance of your congressional pick when it comes to software patents. The only way to fix this is from the top. It's the laws fault - not Apple's or Google's.

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