Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 17:19 UTC
Legal In a statement released today, Apple announced it is suing HTC, claiming the Taiwanese phone maker infringed upon 20 of Cupertino's patents related to the iPhone. After Nokia and Apple suing one another a number of times over the past couple of months, this is the next high-profile patent lawsuit in the mobile phones business. Engadget has the filings, and it seems that Apple wants to avoid angering Microsoft, but has no qualms about taking on Google. Update: Engadget analyses every single patent in the claim.
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That is true and I realize that. Why can't copyright alone be the protection for software?

Because certain types of software can't be protected from copyright due to reverse engineering. It can take millions in research to come up with a solution that can be reverse engineered by a competitor in a weekend.

But the system clearly needs to be reformed. Mouse gestures should not be given the same patent status as as a chemical analysis algorithm.

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Would putting the "secret sauce" code in a rom or firmware chip protect it from reverse engineering? Competition would have the inputs and responses from the chip but wouldn't be able to run binary analysis against the raw compiled code blob.

Also, they would have to implement the duplicate solution in a way that did not breach the original solution's copyright. Either the first company provides the most efficient solution or competition delivers a more refined solution to the customer; the natural market forces work.

In the case of things like GPU drivers; put the firmware blob on the hardware in a flash chip and provide a generic driver interface - problem solved. The secret sauce code remains closed while the driver code can be opened up resulting in benefits that a single company has yet to match.

Would these approaches not work while resulting in a healthier more innovative software market?

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