Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jul 2011 20:47 UTC
Legal Tell 'm like it is, HTC. "HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market," said HTC general counsel Grace Lei in a statement, "HTC strongly denies all infringement claims raised by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights."
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Jennimc
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2011-06-22

[All evidence points to the opposite - anything more complex than Hello World is covered by software/ideas patents


No. that's wrong. Yes, you don't like your software creation to potentially be impeded so you're against software patents. I get that. That doesn't support your argument though



just look at the proliferation of patent trolls


There are patent trolls because there's money to be made in it. Where there is money to be made people will always find the lowest amount of work to make the maximum amount of money. This is true for any business. That its only happening in greater numbers now doesn't support your point.



or just check some of the patents that Apple loves to wave in their court-crusade.


You're going to have to be more specific. Just because you regard a patent to be invalid does not make it so.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

There are patent trolls because there's money to be made in it


There is money to be made in it, because software patents are ridiculous. Its very difficult to determine during design, implementation, testing or release of a product's life cycle how many hundreds of patents a piece of software may violate. So these trolls can hide under their bridges and wait for their patent to be violated and jump out and demand money. Trolls are not a good thing. If you have a system that can be exploited by trolls, it is ipso facto a bad system.

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Jennimc Member since:
2011-06-22

So these trolls can hide under their bridges and wait for their patent to be violated and jump out and demand money. Trolls are not a good thing. If you have a system that can be exploited by trolls, it is ipso facto a bad system.


You're assuming that HTC didn't set out with the explicit goal of making something that competed directly with the iPhone based on its strengths and rather than trying to come up with something new they implemented something too similar. You're too quick to assume that they got sidelined.

HTC’s only disappointment is that Apple waited until HTC had made a sizable investment in producing iPhone knock-offs, before getting serious about “litigation.” Now it hurts, and they know they can’t win.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Jennimc,

"There are patent trolls because there's money to be made in it. Where there is money to be made people will always find the lowest amount of work to make the maximum amount of money. This is true for any business."

At least this is true.


The problem with software patents is that software developers, in doing their daily jobs, will infringe numerous software patents inadvertently.

What is gained by having a patent system which prohibits competing implementations of similar/same algorithms? All developers put in the hard work required to implement the code, why is only one developer entitled to the benefits?

Edited 2011-07-13 04:08 UTC

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molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10


There are patent trolls because there's money to be made in it. Where there is money to be made people will always find the lowest amount of work to make the maximum amount of money. This is true for any business. That its only happening in greater numbers now doesn't support your point.


Yes, there is money to be made with software patents. But simply saying "there is money to be made in it" doesn't validate an activity. For example, people are selling heroin because there is (easy) money to be made in it. Oh, and there is money to be made in human trafficking - yet I'm firmly opposed to it.

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