Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google It really hasn't been Google's week. First the entire internet exploded because of some uninteresting nonsense regarding social networking (really internet?), but today something happened that's actually a bad thing and worth talking about: in Kenya, Google has been caught accessing the databases of a competing business, and offering Google's own product to the people in the database. Google has already apologised, and is currently investigating the matter.
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RE[7]: monopoly abuse
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 15th Jan 2012 23:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: monopoly abuse"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

They're patent trolls. Heck, they're software patent trolls. Considering software patents are by far the biggest threat to the technology industry I hold so dearly, it's pretty easy to see why I believe Apple and Microsoft are evil - especially since they do it beneath this thin veil of innovationjobsstealingmurica many people are taken in by.

I've only said this like a billion times, but alas.

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RE[8]: monopoly abuse
by MOS6510 on Mon 16th Jan 2012 06:07 in reply to "RE[7]: monopoly abuse"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

You seem to be on the extreme end what people consider "patent trolls" and kind of stretching the definition.

When I google the definition of "patent troll" this shows up in the first hit:

"Patent troll is currently a controversial term, susceptible to numerous definitions, none of which are considered satisfactory from the perspective of understanding how patent trolls should be treated in law. Definitions include a party that does one or more of the following:
Purchases a patent, often from a bankrupt firm, and then sues another company by claiming that one of its products infringes on the purchased patent;
Enforces patents against purported infringers without itself intending to manufacture the patented product or supply the patented service;
Enforces patents but has no manufacturing or research base;
Focuses its efforts solely on enforcing patent rights; or
Asserts patent infringement claims against non-copiers or against a large industry that is composed of non-copiers"


I guess the only thing Apple comes close to is the first one, purchasing patents and then suing. However I don't recall them buying them from bankrupt firms and when they buy them they do tend to (plan to) use them in product, not just as a means to sue.

There are a number of companies that do nothing but buy patents and sue. They don't build any products. If Apple is "evil" how would you classify those companies?

Still it's within the law.

To me it seems you like Apple to be a patent troll so you can fire more shots at them so you stretch your personal interpretation to make Apple fit in.

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