Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
Thread beginning with comment 500736
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: two sides of the coin
by shmerl on Wed 21st Dec 2011 01:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: two sides of the coin"
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

Rewarding troll/unethical behavior doesn't mean Samsung is going to engage in it. It was Samsung discussed above, not random "someone else".

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[4]: two sides of the coin
by Alfman on Wed 21st Dec 2011 04:34 in reply to "RE[3]: two sides of the coin"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

shmerl,

I really didn't mean to suggest that samsung would be the aggressor, only that there would still be one. Not all companies find the patent troll business model appealing, though it can be hard to predict through the smoke and mirrors.

Ideally patent trolling wouldn't be viable, and money would be diverted back from all the wasteful lawsuits into productive R&D jobs and higher quality products.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[5]: two sides of the coin
by shmerl on Wed 21st Dec 2011 15:37 in reply to "RE[4]: two sides of the coin"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

I agree, that the flawed legal system leaves more space for trolls. That can be expected. But using patents for defense (even active defense, like filing law suits back) is totally justifiable.

Reply Parent Score: 2