Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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RE[3]: No.
by ichi on Thu 5th Jul 2012 00:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: No."
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If the system forced you to aggressively defend your IP as it does in the case of trademarks then I would agree.

Since it doesn't, I'd say blame both the system and the abuser.

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v RE[4]: No.
by Adam S on Thu 5th Jul 2012 00:14 in reply to "RE[3]: No."
RE[5]: No.
by reduz on Thu 5th Jul 2012 00:35 in reply to "RE[4]: No."
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You are very wrong, you miss key facts:

1) With software patents, everyone is an infringer.
2) The infringer isn't going around suing everyone and their moms.
3) The one who is suing the infringer is doing it to stifle competition, not because it was irreversibly harmed.

So, grandparent is right. Google isn't to blame for this, Apple is a moron because it uses a system that is broken instead of competing fairly.

Edited 2012-07-05 00:37 UTC

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RE[5]: No.
by ichi on Thu 5th Jul 2012 09:33 in reply to "RE[4]: No."
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But not the infrginger... who has a massive legal team of their own?

Because... let me guess... that's the side you're on, right?

The infringer is already blamed on the courts if the case holds merit (and sometimes even if it doesn't).

Anyway, when it comes to software patents you are right: I sympathize with the infringer, and not because I condone the infringement per se but because I completely disagree with the concept of patents on software.

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RE[5]: No.
by Adam S on Thu 5th Jul 2012 14:31 in reply to "RE[4]: No."
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This comment has four -1 votes, all "troll." Someone explain how it's a troll, because the explanations give? Fucking insane.

The system is broken, but the first place to point the finger is as the people using the system as it's designed? That's just ridiculous, a bunch of idealists masturbating each other. If it matters that much, instead of voting a comment down, DO SOMETHING about it. Vote for people who change it. Meanwhile, I think using the patent system as it is is a responsibility, not an option, for any company. You have to be defensive and offensive about patents, you're either predator or prey in this silly arrangement that exists today.

As it's designed, Google (likely knowingly) violated a patent. I don't care if that's right or wrong - that's the law today. And yet the readers here are climbing all over Apple.

It tells me that what matters and where people are coming from: a place of emotion.

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RE[5]: No.
by ephracis on Fri 6th Jul 2012 22:09 in reply to "RE[4]: No."
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My name is Christoffer and I am most likely an infringer on a large amount of ridiculous software patents in thud U.S. where my software Stoffi is available for download.

I don't have a legal team. I don't have a single lawyer. I create my stuff for free, on my own.

This bullshit will kill my project and everything I have done if the madness spreads. If Apple could shut me down and it benefited them, they would.

They are the bad guys, as is the USPO, the politicians, the non-practicing entities, the lobbyist, etc.

The ONLY non-bad guy here is the one who can't change the system (directly or indirectly).

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