Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Aug 2012 17:43 UTC
Legal We all know about Apple's look-and-feel lawsuit against Microsoft over Windows 2.0, but this wasn't the only look-and-feel lawsuit Apple filed during those years. Digital Research, Inc., the company behind GEM, also found itself on the pointy end of Apple's needle. Unlike the lawsuit against Microsoft, though, Apple managed to 'win' the one against DRI.
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by Jordan on Sat 1st Sep 2012 16:43 UTC
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Corporations exist to create profit. If Apple sees a competitive threat to its future profits then it is going to use whatever means available (that it can get away with) to block it. Apples behavior as a business entity is the result of the broken patent law, and the complicity of its customers. People who buy Apple products either don't care about or don't believe in the potential damage that their business practices may cause in the long term. Apple has an incredible PR machine which will spin a story to ensure continued complicity in its customers (and anyone else willing to listen) of its vision of the industry. I am glad to see Thom writing articles like this to provide some push back to that PR machine. He is certainly not alone in his beliefs or in doing this.

It is also interesting to see these patent issues being portrayed in terms of "stealing" and what is "right" or "wrong". Patent law gives an individual a temporary monopoly granted by the state. It isn't some sort of inalienable right. There is no intrinsic right to control of an idea just because you came up with it. This legal framework was created _SOLELY_ to spur innovation. Rewarding investment through a temporary monopoly was a quick and effective way to do this. To frame a patent violation as theft (as in physical property) is absurd. It is especially absurd given the questionable nature of these patents. The question we need to ask is, "Does this help or hurt innovation?". When it comes to patents on rectangles with rounded corners, I know where I stand.

Edited 2012-09-01 16:47 UTC

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