Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th May 2011 16:15 UTC, submitted by john
Legal This is certainly worth a meagre +1 in my book: patent troll Lodsys has actually taken the time to answer some of the concerns on the web regarding its legal threats to several small-time iOS developers. There's some interesting stuff in there.
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RE: Compete on merit
by poundsmack on Mon 16th May 2011 17:43 UTC in reply to "Compete on merit"
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2005-07-13

"Last time I checked, Apple hasn't needed one lawsuit settled or judged in it's favor to reach that status."

You might want to check just how many law suites are currently going against Apple that are current and ongoing. I won't list them here, but I'm sure it's only a few google searches away. I think some are Nokia, HTC, google, others...

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RE[2]: Compete on merit
by pantheraleo on Mon 16th May 2011 18:43 in reply to "RE: Compete on merit"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

You might want to check just how many law suites are currently going against Apple


I'm pretty sure it's a full time job at Apple just to keep up on who Apple is currently suing and who is currently suing Apple.

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RE[2]: Compete on merit
by rhavyn on Mon 16th May 2011 20:50 in reply to "RE: Compete on merit"
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2005-07-06

"Last time I checked, Apple hasn't needed one lawsuit settled or judged in it's favor to reach that status."

You might want to check just how many law suites are currently going against Apple that are current and ongoing. I won't list them here, but I'm sure it's only a few google searches away. I think some are Nokia, HTC, google, others...


The number of lawsuits outstanding is irrelevant, the question is how many were settled or judged in Apple's favor. If the answer, so far, is zero, then they have done nothing but compete on merit.

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RE[3]: Compete on merit
by pantheraleo on Mon 16th May 2011 20:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Compete on merit"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

The number of lawsuits outstanding is irrelevant, the question is how many were settled or judged in Apple's favor. If the answer, so far, is zero, then they have done nothing but compete on merit.


* Apple successfully sued Digital Research over GEM, claiming that the concept of a desktop violated their patents. Digital Research was force to remove the drive and trash icons from their desktop.

* Apple sued Microsoft claiming that the concept of overlapping windows violated their patents. The lawsuit was settled out of court with Microsoft agreeing to purchase 10% of Apple's stock.

* Apple successfully sued e-machines for producing a colored computer that looked a bit like the original iMac. e-machines had to stop producing the computer.

So no, Apple has not competed on merit. They've competed by patenting common metaphors like desktops, folders, and icons.

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