Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd May 2011 20:36 UTC
Legal Apple has responded to the recent patent threats again iOS application developers by Lodsys. Bruce Sewell, Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, sent a letter to Lodsys CEO Mark Small detailing why the threats are baseless. Apple claims they have a license to the patents in question, and that the iOS application developers are mere customers - not distributors.
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RE[2]: A rough translation
by Laurence on Tue 24th May 2011 07:46 UTC in reply to "RE: A rough translation"
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Coming from one of the heavy-weight 300 pound gorillas in the room that right there can be quite helluva daunting.

I deeply dislike Apple and their behaviour generally and while I understand that they're doing this only to keep developers using their App Store I still applaud them for doing the right thing, even if not for the correct reasons.

I'd applaud them more if they weren't being so hypocritical.

It seems in "Apple-land", they have the right to hold patents and thus sue competing organizations where as nobody else is allowed to.

I guess the key difference here is that Lodsys aren't actually competing on anything - so if I had to pick sides I would hope for Apple. However the hypocrisy is still hard to swallow.

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RE[3]: A rough translation
by moondevil on Tue 24th May 2011 08:01 in reply to "RE[2]: A rough translation"
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That is why I despise all patents.

Nowadays they don't help at all. There was innovation before patents existed.

All companies are hypocrite, all of them make use of the patent system, and all of the big players complain about it, when they lose a big case.

Luckily so far in Europe we have manage to keep them away, I imagine for how long still.

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RE[4]: A rough translation
by Neolander on Tue 24th May 2011 08:59 in reply to "RE[3]: A rough translation"
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What about industrial patents ? I don't know how much they last, and under which terms they work (do they imply a precise description of the patented product, like technical drawings or chemical formulas, or can you patent ideas and algorithms ? Is there a requirement of notability, or can you patent an iPod Touch's rounded corners ?)

Edited 2011-05-24 09:00 UTC

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