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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fmaxwell
Member since:
2005-11-13

Where were all of the critics when Apple was being sued? Were all of the Apple bashers complaining when Typhoon Touch Technologies sued Apple alleging patent infringement in portable touch screen technology? Where were you when Nokia Corporation sued Apple for infringement of Nokia's patents relating to wireless technology? Didn't hear much out of you when Kodak alleged Apple's phones infringed on patented Kodak digital imaging technology. You all seemed rather quiet when Samsung sued Apple for infringing on a 3G patent.

Apple's end-user satisfaction is not due to some over-arching "big thing." It's due to the polished hardware and software, much of which is protected by patents. Yeah, any given thing may be small, but the overall market advantage Apple holds is due to combining these elements in a way that pleases customers.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Where were you when Nokia Corporation sued Apple for infringement of Nokia's patents relating to wireless technology?.


Don't know about the others but the patents Nokia sued over were non-trivial hardware patents, not slide-to-unlock style software patents.

I'd have no problem if Apple developed this kind of tech and others infringed upon it, but the stuff Apple is suing over is utter BS in most cases.

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

Don't know about the others but the patents Nokia sued over were non-trivial hardware patents, not slide-to-unlock style software patents.


"Slide to unlock" is not trivial. It's a look-and-feel user interface feature that that is as unique to Apple (or was until Samsung infringed Apple's patent) as the thumbs-up "You like this." button is to Facebook.

You want to see Apple emasculated -- for other manufacturers to be free to implement all of the "trivial" patented software features that, taken together, result in a superior user experience, until Apple no longer holds a competitive advantage.

I'd have no problem if Apple developed this kind of tech and others infringed upon it, but the stuff Apple is suing over is utter BS in most cases.


Android's infringing "Quick Search Box" feature was touted by Google as a "core user feature on Android." How can something be both "trivial" and a "core user feature"? If it's so "trivial," why is its removal considered a "downgrade" of the entire device?

The highly valued unified search feature of Siri contributes greatly to consumer demand for Apple's iPhone 4S. So now you want Samsung, a foreign competitor, to be able to incorporate that patented, sales-driving feature, into it's competing product. Why? What's your legal rationale as to why Samsung should be able to take sales away from Apple by infringing on Apple's own patents?

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