Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Nov 2010 19:06 UTC
Legal Oh it's on. It's on. They just messed with the wrong... Euh, companies. It seems like both Samsung and HTC are gearing up for war, and in doing so, have pretty much made a deal with what could turn out to be the devil. They've both partnered with Intellectual Ventures, a company which hoards patents only to license them to others - however, the company has no history of litigation.
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Comment by _txf_
by _txf_ on Wed 24th Nov 2010 23:44 UTC
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2008-03-17

Whilst I can see how some would like to brush this off as a patent troll the fact that the company actually designs things is quite a bit different to a company that buys up or patents vague concepts in order to try to cash in.

Personally I have no problem considering a innovative and technical design as an application of a patent (software/business method patents excluded unconditionally).

Nevertheless, it is sad that with deals like this just maintain the minefield upon which newcomers maul themselves on.

Edited 2010-11-24 23:48 UTC

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RE: Comment by _txf_
by lemur2 on Thu 25th Nov 2010 00:28 in reply to "Comment by _txf_"
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2007-02-17

Nevertheless, it is sad that with deals like this just maintain the minefield upon which newcomers maul themselves on.


At the same time, this event does illustrate that patents are now effectively preventing innovation and competition and barring new entrants or small ventures from entry into a market.

This is the precise opposite effect that patents are supposed to promote.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_Act_of_1790
The Patent Act of 1790 was the United States' first patent statute. It was titled "An Act to promote the progress of useful Arts".


Surely US legislators can realise this, and begin the steps towards sorely needed patent reform, or even better, elimination of patents.

Edited 2010-11-25 00:32 UTC

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