Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Dec 2010 21:57 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Well well well well well, paint me red and call me a girly scout. I've been saying for months now that there's much more collaboration between Apple and Microsoft than their respective fanboys want to believe, especially when it comes to fighting Google and Android, which both companies partly do via patent suits. More evidence for this has emerged today. Remember CPTN Holdings, the consortium led by Microsoft which bought that bundle of patents from Novell? Which other companies are part of this consortium? EMC. Oracle. Apple.
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A defensive action by Apple
by Tony Swash on Fri 17th Dec 2010 14:52 UTC
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Apple is the most sued phone maker.

Apple can beat it's competitors by making better products that sell more and make more profits than their competitors. It does that now and it will continue to do so.

Apple wants to protect itself form legal assaults from competitors who cannot compete against Apple (Nokia for example).

This is not an offensive but a defensive action.

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RE: A defensive action by Apple
by TheGZeus on Fri 17th Dec 2010 15:16 in reply to "A defensive action by Apple"
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It can and has paid for the lawyers.

This company just tried (and probably will, considering the level of corruption in the US patent system) to patent 'shareable apps'.

Considering the visual they presented, it consists of paying for something (is the exchange of money really a neccessary step here?) downloading a program, sending it via a third party to another person, who can do the same, and at some point someone else pays for something... That's called... the Internet.
_that's_ an offensive action, because I'm offended.

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Tony Swash Member since:

It can and has paid for the lawyers.
_that's_ an offensive action, because I'm offended.

The key thing to note is who copies who.

Apple is the most copied and imitated company in the tech world.

Apple clearly wants to protect itself, it's intellectual property and to position itself to be able to resist offensive legal attacks by competitors who cannot compete with it in the market.

But it doesn't need the law or lawyers to beat it's competitors, it's already doing that and doing so by a big margin.

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