Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jul 2012 10:48 UTC
Legal Groklaw nails it: "In other words, [Apple and Microsoft] want to disarm the companies that got there first, built the standards, and created the field, while the come-later types clean up on patents on things like slide to unlock or a tablet shape with rounded corners. Then the money flows to Apple and Microsoft, and away from Android - and isn't that really the point of all this, to destroy Android by hook or by crook? The parties who were in the mobile phone business years before Apple or Microsoft even thought about doing it thus get nothing much for their earlier issued patents that have become standards. Apple and Microsoft can't compete on an even field, because the patent system rewards the first to invent (or now, after the recent patent reform, the first to file). Neither Apple nor Microsoft got there first. Samsung was there, since the '90s." To illustrate: Apple is demanding $24 (!) per Samsung device for design patents, while at the same time, Apple also demands that Samsung does not charge more than $0.0049 per standards essential patent per device. This is absolutely, utterly, and entirely indefensible. And then Apple and its supporters have the nerve to claim Samsung is ripping them off. Yes, this pisses me off, and no, that's not because it's Apple doing it (Microsoft is just as guilty). It's because this is plainly, utterly, clearly, and intrinsically unfair.
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Same is valid for the software. Nokia created the first smartphone 10 years before.

Same is valid for the design. I remember sorted icons on a desktop during my good old Amiga times.

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Morgan Member since:

Not true. IBM beat Nokia by a couple of years with the Simon Personal Communicator, and it was even touch screen.

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zima Member since:

Same is valid for the software. Nokia created the first smartphone 10 years before.

As usual, you don't know what you're talking about WRT Nokia.
NVM their smartphones not being the first - the software was external to Nokia (first the GEOS on Communicators, later Symbian Ltd. - a partnership between Psion, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia) ...and not that great - being the reason for their downfall, software was the greatest weakness of Nokia.

Edited 2012-08-06 00:08 UTC

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