Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Apr 2014 09:44 UTC
Legal

Rockstar, the massive patent troll in which Apple is a majority shareholder, sued Google for patent infringement. Of course, Rockstar filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas, the usual venue for patent trolls. Because of Apple's involvement, Google motioned to have the suit take place in California instead, where it stands a much greater chance of winning. Judge Claudia Wilken sides with Google. She states in the ruling:

Google and Apple's rivalry in the smartphone industry is well-documented. Apple's founder stated that he viewed Android as a "rip off" of iPhone features and intended to "destroy" Android by launching a "thermonuclear war." Defendants' litigation strategy of suing Google customers is consistent with Apple's particular business interest... This 'scare the customer and run' tactic advances Apple's interest in interfering with Google's Android business.

Every now and then, someone just gets it. Judge Wilken looked beyond the constructed sham companies and legal cobwebs - such as Rockstar setting up a sham company in Delaware with zero California contacts and transferring all patents-in-suit to that company a day before it sued Google.

The world needs more judges like this. In addition - it seems like Jobs' remarks about Android are catching up to the company. Delightful.

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by MOS6510 on Sat 19th Apr 2014 21:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment"
MOS6510
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Jobs said, during the iPhone introduction, "Today Apple is going to re-invent the phone". And they did.

Apple haters make up that Steve Jobs and Apple claim to invented stuff like the iPhone and iPad and then attack them on it.

Apple doesn't invent much. They innovate mainly.

During the iPhone introduction Steve Jobs showed us a number of smart and feature phones. They were awkward to use. Apple innovated smart phone usability with the iPhone.

Just like they did with the GUI after a visit to PARC Xerox and with permission/help from PARC Xerox.

They did it with MP3 players and tablets too.

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