Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:22 UTC
Legal Earlier this week, we were introduced to a new concept in intellectual property law: the European 'Community Design'. The Community Design is a sort of trademark on design, and sits halfway between a trademark and a patent. I decided to investigate what, exactly, the laws and regulations around Community Designs are, and what I found was shocking. Think the USPTO is bad? Wait until you learn about the Community Design.
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Well that's it.
by Morgan on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:36 UTC
Morgan
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2005-06-29

That's the nail in the coffin of any association I will have with Apple*. I know, any number of other big companies would probably do the same (I'm looking at you, Sony). But the fact that they would jump at the chance to be the first to deliver such a cheap shot speaks volumes.

As to the issue at hand...how the hell is this even possible? How did the European citizens allow this state of disarray to come to pass? You know, I should go and file a bunch of these "Community Designs" (a misnomer if I ever heard one). When one of the big companies tries to sell their vaguely similar product in the EU, I can stand up and say to the European people: "Look, I could stop that company dead in their tracks and cost them millions in lost revenue and wasted marketing costs, perhaps even bankrupting them. But I'd rather expose this fraud for what it is. Don't let this idiocy continue to erode the free market when the entire world is already suffering economically!"

But I'd probably be assassinated or at least kidnapped and forced to see the error of my ways before I could make it to a podium. I'm not a paranoid person but far worse has happened to those who cross megacorporations while trying to do the right thing.



*I'm not changing my opinion of MacOS and OS X; I still think they are great OSes. But from this point forward I will not buy another Apple device or otherwise send them any of my money. They join Sony on my short list of boycotted asshat companies. I know the effect of that is infinitesimal in the grand scheme, but it's my only way of protesting that will have any impact on my life and serve to remind me why I don't associate with them anymore.

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RE: Well that's it.
by pysiak on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:39 in reply to "Well that's it."
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2008-01-01

Infinitesimal if you do it. A bit bigger if you discourage others. I mean bad news fly fast, don't they?

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RE[2]: Well that's it.
by Morgan on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:57 in reply to "RE: Well that's it."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's something I've thought of as well. In the recent past I've actually recommended Macintosh computers to those who seem to be suited for it. I have been hesitant to do so since Lion came out, as it is the beginning of the end of OS X (in my opinion). Now I have a concrete reason to say "stay away", but it's inevitable that when one starts discussing patents and trademarks and shady business practices, the subject's eyes gloss over and they start looking for an excuse to exit the conversation.

And that very ambivalence towards the legal situation is probably what Apple is banking on these days. They must know just how dirty and morally bankrupt their actions are, but they also know the average potential Apple customer is either oblivious or uncaring of the issues. They just want their shiny iPad or Macbook, and let the courts deal with the details.

That said, geek that I am I have a lot of geeky friends who would listen and understand. Most of those, however, already don't like Apple so it would only be another notch on their board of animosity.

So, next time I'm asked for a product recommendation and the person specifically mentions Apple, I can honestly say I don't care for the company or their products anymore. If I'm pushed for a reason, I can highlight the situation and if I have an eager audience I'll continue from there.

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RE: Well that's it.
by Athlander on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:53 in reply to "Well that's it."
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2008-03-10


As to the issue at hand...how the hell is this even possible? How did the European citizens allow this state of disarray to come to pass?


It's because European citizens have no say in what the EU does.

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RE[2]: Well that's it.
by Morgan on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:59 in reply to "RE: Well that's it."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I find that both sad and alarming. I thought the EU was supposed to be "better" than the US? If the people don't control the government (not saying we truly do here, but it's the principle) then throw out the government and start again!

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RE: Well that's it.
by Bending Unit on Thu 11th Aug 2011 18:56 in reply to "Well that's it."
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2005-07-06

How did the European citizens allow this state of disarray to come to pass?


This was the the first time I have ever heard about it and I spend way too much time reading online news.

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