Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th May 2010 01:08 UTC, submitted by Ikshaar
Legal Well, this is about as surprising as the tides rolling in: HTC has sued Apple for patent infringement. Earlier this year, Apple sued HTC, focussing on the Taiwanese phone maker's Android devices. HTC has now responded with a patent suit of its own.
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Elaborate Game
by saidge@yahoo.com on Thu 13th May 2010 01:57 UTC
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2007-11-06

I swear it's turning into some elaborate game, like a CCG only in this game they're not playing with cards, they're playing with patents...

It's like, to big companies, the US patent office is the local card shop where you spend loads on 'patents' trying to make sets and build as strong and diverse a deck possible... and the legal system is the platform upon which companies engage in 'epic' battles against each other with their decks of 'patents'. The game ends when one of the player's 'companies' runs out of money, patents, or appeals.

Uhoh... I hope I haven't given anyone any ideas for a new game... Maybe I'll just patent the idea! Yeah!

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RE: Elaborate Game
by Stratoukos on Thu 13th May 2010 03:00 in reply to "Elaborate Game"
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2009-02-11

Maybe I'll just patent the idea! Yeah!


You can't. I already own a patent for "Something".

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RE: Elaborate Game
by Gone fishing on Thu 13th May 2010 06:48 in reply to "Elaborate Game"
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2006-02-22

But the winner of this game gets control.

They don't have to worry about competing in the market - they are protected from competition, just sit back relax and let the profits role in. Knowing that no matter how little they spend on R & D in the future no competitor can ever arise they can just be squashed in the courts.

The likely outcomes;

A patent war between large IT corporations would be bad, damage the world economy and put people out of work. The alternative of large corporations forming patent cartels so that they can prevent new players joining the market and stifle competition is worse

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RE: Elaborate Game
by Laurence on Thu 13th May 2010 10:28 in reply to "Elaborate Game"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I swear it's turning into some elaborate game, like a CCG only in this game they're not playing with cards, they're playing with patents...

It's like, to big companies, the US patent office is the local card shop where you spend loads on 'patents' trying to make sets and build as strong and diverse a deck possible... and the legal system is the platform upon which companies engage in 'epic' battles against each other with their decks of 'patents'. The game ends when one of the player's 'companies' runs out of money, patents, or appeals.

Uhoh... I hope I haven't given anyone any ideas for a new game... Maybe I'll just patent the idea! Yeah!



hehe I like this post.

I keep thinking of the 1980s movie 'War games' in which a computer threatens to nuke Russia until it's taught that there are no winners in war - only mutually assured destruction.

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