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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Patent stupidity
by cmost on Thu 5th Jul 2012 14:40 UTC
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How novel is it, really, to use a single search box for finding things from multiple sources? That's considered a patentable innovation? Really?!? It seems like common sense to me. No wonder the U.S. economy is in the toilet. My problem with software patents is that they're not unlike patenting mathematical equations or other physical constants. Let's face it, a smart phone is really just a computer; it contains a CPU, memory and an instruction set. To posit that running commands on a computer can be novel or unique is simply absurd. It's like saying that 1+1+2+2 is a unique way of calculating 3+3 or that CERN is entitled to patent the Higgs-Boson when they find it. The patent system in the United States is, and has been for a very long time, hopelessly broken. Large corporations have for years amassed huge patent portfolios for "inventions" that they then use to manipulate or suppress competitors. Instead of recognizing that everyone benefits from competition (as it makes companies truly innovate to stay ahead of the pack,) litigation and mediocrity have won the day. To my mind, a true innovation stands on its own and makes consumers want those innovations. It shouldn't require litigation to stop consumers from buying one product in favor of another - the innovation should be the compelling factor. That Apple has resorted to patent trolling to stymie Samsung and other smart phone manufactures only proves that its own offerings aren't innovating or unique enough to compel users to purchase them to the exclusion of competitor products. Patent trolling and forced downgrades are simply two more reasons I'll add to my list of many, many reasons, never to purchase Apple products. Obviously I'm not missing anything.

Edited 2012-07-05 14:46 UTC

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