Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 12:04 UTC
Legal Remember when Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, and held it up in the air, proudly proclaiming "Boy, have we patented it", followed by a massive applause of the adoring audience? It may seem like this wasn't just an empty claim, either. During the earnings conference call yesterday, the company hinted at possible legal action against Palm were the Pre to infringe on iPhone patents.
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by kaiwai on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 23:34 UTC
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Every time I see an article like this (be it from Microsoft, Apple or some other organisation) I can't help by fell a little Stallman'ish when it comes to these matters.

I don't want to make this post political but my respect (in regards to their great products) for Apple is slowly waning the more they go down this road of undertaking the kind of actions reminiscent of patent trolls. There is a fine line between protection of ideas from being pillaged by another company and just plain well using the legal system to crush competition.

If they are going to chase after the Pre, shouldn't they also chase after the new Blackberry Storm, and every other one out there. There is only a limited way one can navigate a touch device, to some how make claim that iPhone is any more unique to the numerous other touch interfaces out there ignores the reality of the computing world.

Like I said, my support for Apple is seriously waning at the moment; if they keep this up I might end up looking for something else instead of a Mac next time I upgrade. Ones computers purchases shouldn't be politically motivated but at the same time I can't but face the reality that Apple is becoming drunk on their own success to the point that they think they can do anything they like because of their size and bank balance. Ethics and morals are something that shouldn't be ignored simply because they aren't enshrined in law or enforced by the government.

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by elsewhere on Fri 23rd Jan 2009 06:07 in reply to "Depressing"
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If they are going to chase after the Pre, shouldn't they also chase after the new Blackberry Storm, and every other one out there.

There's the rub. RIM has deep enough pockets to fight. Palm is on the ropes, and the Pre is their lifeline if they manage to succeed. Maybe they're just bitter about the Palm Pilot succeeding where the Newton failed, and they're looking for revenge.... ;)

It shames me that I love my iPhone as much as I do, because I generally disdain many of Apple's business practices. The iPhone isn't cutting edge and I'd hesitate to call it innovative more than evolutionary; it has many faults and doesn't really do anything revolutionary that other mobile platforms couldn't do, Apple basically managed to pull together many existing technologies and concepts together into a package that simply works well, which is something I'll admit that they generally have a remarkable ability to do. I'm still astounded that after all this time since it's introduction, the other major players have yet to produce a platform that appeals as much to average users. Certainly power users will point to some aspect of Android, Win Mobile, S60 or even BlackberryOS that is superior, but that's not the point. Apple broke ground and deserves credit for that.

The Pre was the first "iPhone killer" I've seen announced that actually piqued my interest. If it does what they claim it does, and works as well as the hype implies, I'll take a serious look at it. And for that I suppose I'm part of the reason that Apple would break their historical patents-are-for-defense approach and become aggressive. But it's still sad when well-heeled organizations choose the lower cost legal route for market protection rather than pouring resources into the innovation machine.

I wasn't a fan of Steve Jobs' style, but I wonder if Apple without him will become a case of the devil you know versus the devil you don't.

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