Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2012 09:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, the new HTC phones are facing delays in the US, and they now ship with a slightly modified US-specific Android build which removes data tapping and sports an altered app associations screen to avoid Apple's patents. This is step one. Step two is companies avoiding the litigious and anti-consumer messes that are the US and German markets altogether. Clearly, IP laws are working to the benefit of the consumer and the market as a whole. Great work guys.
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Right, Thom
by JoeBuck on Thu 17th May 2012 17:38 UTC
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"Step two is companies avoiding the litigious and anti-consumer messes that are the US and German markets altogether."

Right. Companies will give up on selling to 300 million Americans and 80 million Germans, and maybe the EU as well, and satisfy themselves with the available market in Norway?

The patent situation is a disaster, but at this point, it's much more profitable to figure out workarounds and pay extortionate fees for licenses than to abandon whole markets.

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RE: Right, Thom
by bhtooefr on Thu 17th May 2012 18:54 in reply to "Right, Thom"
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Keep in mind that there's Asia, too.

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RE: Right, Thom
by Moredhas on Thu 17th May 2012 20:40 in reply to "Right, Thom"
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They'll give up being sued, or having to fork over $5 each, for that number of produced units, I'm sure.

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RE: Right, Thom
by Soulbender on Fri 18th May 2012 03:15 in reply to "Right, Thom"
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2005-08-18

it's much more profitable to figure out workarounds and pay extortionate fees for licenses than to abandon whole markets.


For now yes, but the economics of scale says that at some point it won't be and then it will be more profitable to focus on the much larger Asian and European (minus Germany) markets.

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