Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th May 2011 15:42 UTC
Legal Patent trolls are evil. However, we're used to patent trolls attacking big companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple, who themselves keep the broken patent system intact - so it's kind of what goes around comes around; schadenfreude if you will. However, what if a patent troll carefully threatens to sue a number of smal-time iOS developers, knowing full well that these small developers cannot fight back due to the iOS developer agreement? What kind of low-point have we hit then?
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RE[2]: Shouldn't it be?
by MOS6510 on Sat 14th May 2011 18:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Shouldn't it be?"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Apple appears to use legal action when someone, company or person, poses a threat to their brand, image or products.

A number of Android phones are iPhone rip-offs, yet they only sued Samsung which put a lot of effort in to duplicating the iPhone, including the packaging.

What I consider patent trolls are companies (most you never heard off) that somehow got hold of a patent, with no intent ever do anything with it and then sue companies like Apple or Microsoft hoping to settle for a nice amount of money.

Sure when companies like Apple sue they use patents must of us consider silly, hence some are inclined to call Apple a patent troll, however these silly patents are just small ammunition in a bigger picture.

Don't forget Apple is a publicly owned company. They have to explain to the shareholders why other companies ripped them off and they did nothing. Even if they lose the case they can still show they tried to do something, only the judge couldn't be convinced.

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RE[3]: Shouldn't it be?
by Alfman on Sat 14th May 2011 21:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Shouldn't it be?"
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2011-01-28

MOS6510,

"A number of Android phones are iPhone rip-offs, yet they only sued Samsung which put a lot of effort in to duplicating the iPhone, including the packaging."

Well then they should be stopped through copyright and trademark infringement or "design patents".

Too many of these patents are notoriously unworthy of patent protection. The USPTO granted monopolies are being used to stifle competition. For software at least, they don't encourage innovation.

It is useless to blame the CEOs, whose job is to maximize shareholder ROI using whatever means possible - even if it hurts society. The blame lies with the inadequate laws and lawmakers who fail to represent the public's interests.

Edited 2011-05-14 21:16 UTC

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RE[4]: Shouldn't it be?
by MOS6510 on Sun 15th May 2011 16:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Shouldn't it be?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, I guess the patent stuff is just added bonus to the main case.

I agree most patents are so silly that a whole bunch of them might provoke a giggle.

When Samsung copies the iOS icons, the UI look 'n' feel and the style of the boxes I can understand Apple being upset, because Apple put time and effort in this and someone else takes a short cut.

In this case it's apparently a company whose soul business is getting hold of patents and suing companies, hoping to settle. This is ridiculous. They have no intent to ever to anything with those "patents" but sue. How are they hurt?

This is about upgrading from within an application. It's not even a detailed process, it's not how it looks or even smells. It's just starting an upgrade from within an app. How stupid is that?

It's something trivial and I can't think of anyway around it, except not upgrading from within the app. I don't think you should be able to patent that.

So this company wants to have millions? And what are they going to do with that money? Perfect their "in app upgrade" skill? Make apps that upgrade? Of course not, the money goes to their bank accounts.

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