Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 22:28 UTC
Apple "So Apple got yet another patent granted today, and now there's yet another media firestorm over whether it means Cupertino will be able to sue every other phone manufacturer out of business, or at least out of the business of making multitouch devices. And, as usual, most of the hysteria is based on a fundamental misinterpretation of what the patent claims actually say, and what behaviors they actually cover in iOS. I don't know why we keep repeating this sad cycle, but I do know that it’s always, always better for us to read the claims and try to figure them out for ourselves - and in this case,they're actually pretty narrow."
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US patents
by blank7fan on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 08:23 UTC
blank7fan
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2010-06-15

Do the rest of the world have to care about these insane US patens?

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RE: US patents
by ricegf on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 11:23 in reply to "US patents"
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2007-04-25

In general, yes.

As I understand it, if a corporation does business in the US, then they'll end up paying royalties on all allegedly infringing products regardless of the destination country. So, for example, Android phone manufacturers pay $5 per phone to Microsoft even for phones sold in Asia.

"Nice phone you got there, be a real shame if something happened to it. Real shame."

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RE[2]: US patents
by SlothNinja on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 12:14 in reply to "RE: US patents"
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2011-03-22

Yes. But, not quite for the reason stated. A US patent only covers activities in the US. So, if a product is made, sold, offered for sale, exported from, or imported into the US, the product is subject to the US patent. For example, a product manufactured in Asia and sold in Europe even by a US company generally is not covered by a US patent barring odd circumstances (e.g., shipped through the US).

The reason it matters for the rest of the world is that the US is a sizable market. It's not uncommon for a company to simply forgo making a product if it's not able to sell such product in the US due to patent restrictions.

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