Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jul 2011 23:52 UTC
Legal "App developers are withdrawing their products for sale from the US versions of Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market for fear of being sued by companies which own software patents - just as a Mumbai-based company has made a wide-ranging claim against Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and a number of other companies over Twitter-style feeds, for which it claims it has applied for a patent."
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Tipping point? Really?
by Auzy on Sat 16th Jul 2011 00:58 UTC
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Tipping point? REALLY? This article mentions maybe 5 developers who stopped for these reasons, however, it doesn't offer any statistics, nor any real references to back up claims.

I'd agree that software patents suck, but this article implies the App store in US has been abandoned, however, where is the proof?

It's written as bait, and I wish OSnews would only repost articles which included credible evidence. In fact, the only statistics included is for a developer, whose sales are mainly international anyway. This article should have only been posted on OSnews if there was reliable estimates of how many were leaving, or a survey made to see how many left. But the way it is, there is no evidence that more than a handful left.

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RE: Tipping point? Really?
by snowbender on Sat 16th Jul 2011 08:33 in reply to "Tipping point? Really?"
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I also feel the article is blowing things up. On the other hand, I really do hope that more developers leave the US market. And I really do hope that this hurts the US. Even though I realise this will only hurt the US if bigger players move away from the US market, which is highly unlikely.

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RE: Tipping point? Really?
by trev on Sat 16th Jul 2011 14:58 in reply to "Tipping point? Really?"
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I agree it will be interesting to see some statistics on this especially graphed over time and correlated with patent judgements and new lawsuit launches.

In the end though it seems a rather logical and eventual result. If the legal liability is too much in the U.S. companies will eventually just drop the U.S. market for it's products. The current patent system (along with other legal costs such as frivolous lawsuits) just adds another cost of doing business in the U.S. The biggest problem is that cost is NOT predictable and has been shown it can be rather high. Considering the dropping revenues for most vendors due to the poor economic climate, I would not be surprised to see less and less vendors decide to market their products in the U.S. It's really not that hard to track, the formula is not very complex. Putting values in for the variables, now that is another thing entirely.

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RE: Tipping point? Really?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 16th Jul 2011 15:22 in reply to "Tipping point? Really?"
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A tipping point is not absolute, but realitive.


Example 1:

The tipping point for the Smith's foreclosure, was the increase in the ARM interest rate.

Does that mean that every foreclosure was due to an increase in interest rates? Does this mean that everyone defaulted on their mortgage? No. Just for the smiths.

Example 2:

The tipping point was the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the worldwide economy was doomed after that.

Does that mean that it was the tipping point for the entire economy? Obviously, yes.

The tipping point Thom refers to is a bit ambigeous, but I'd say its more of the first kind than the second. However, just as many of the first example led to the second example. There can be other, larger effects and tipping points of more drastic impact, if the pattern continues and more software developers avoid the US market over software patents.

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