Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Jun 2011 06:31 UTC
Legal Well, the first of the big patent litigations is over. Since this one involves Apple, the big winner is obviously the highly innovative company from Cupertiono, right? The company from which all others copy, right? Well, no, not exactly. The big winner is Nokia.
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RE: Freaking Hypocrite!
by MrWeeble on Tue 14th Jun 2011 13:35 UTC in reply to "Freaking Hypocrite!"
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So, according to Thom, software patents are bad except when used against Apple.

from Thom's article:
Nokia presented cold and harsh hardware patents

Software patents are not the same as hardware patents.

I agree with you both that software patents are in general a stupid idea; but protecting actual innovations in hardware, well that is what the patent system was invented for. Now whether these hardware patents that Nokia hold actually are innovative, I couldn't say*, but since they were pretty integral to the creation of GSM I am guessing they have a few innovations up their sleeves

*I am sure there is a list somewhere, but I haven't had the inclination to go through them

[Edit: Damn, I got to be quicker with my comments, Thom's already said all of this while I was still spell-checking and previewing]

Edited 2011-06-14 13:37 UTC

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RE[2]: Freaking Hypocrite!
by JAlexoid on Tue 14th Jun 2011 19:57 in reply to "RE: Freaking Hypocrite!"
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I'd like to highlight a point for this case: Software and art have copyright and hardware has patents.

Make software non-copyrightable, then I'll agree on patents for software.

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