Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2012 22:14 UTC
Legal "The web has been alight these past few weeks with the details of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit. It's been a unique opportunity to peer behind the curtain of how these two companies operate, as the trial seeks to answer the question: did Samsung copy Apple? But there's actually another question that I think is much more interesting to the future of innovation in the technology industry: regardless of whether the courts say that Samsung copied Apple or not, would we all be better off if we allowed - even encouraged - companies to copy one another?" This is very relevant.
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Tue 21st Aug 2012 05:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

"Copying" probably benefits the consumer in the sort run, but it stops innovation from companies in the long one.


Again, this has not been proven, and one of the articles points to instances where the real world does the opposite.

As long as consumers benefit from (and thus demand) innovation, companies will continue to innovate. There is no incentive for any company to innovate if it can ride on the back of one innovation made years ago.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 21st Aug 2012 05:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

RIM and Microsoft have seemed to be able to create products that don't imitate Apple products. This is innovation, this is what customers give a real and clear choice.

What hinders innovation are the huge number of silly patents, like attaching a picture to an email(!?). Even if you made a totally different product you can still get hit when that product can attach a picture to an email.

A patent like this isn't an invention, an innovation or even "it's obvious with hindsight, but you never would have thought about it yourself".

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Tue 21st Aug 2012 07:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Two things:

1) "Copying" isn't "imitating".

2) Everyone copies from older designs.

None of this has been shown to stop innovation. History shows it can increase innovation. Conversely, innovation grinds to a halt when copying is forbidden.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by JAlexoid on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 16:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

RIM not imitating? If you subscribe that iPhone is the original in finger touch oriented device with rectangular icons, then RIM is imitating very much. As well as WP7.

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by lucas_maximus on Tue 21st Aug 2012 08:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 21st Aug 2012 08:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

They were just "dumb" phones with features tacked on. While there were phones about that were truly different, they never really made it big in the market place.


Symbian? PalmOS (Treo)? Windows Mobile?

Those were pretty big.

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