Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Sep 2012 15:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Android fans, especially those of you who love your Samsung devices, might have something to cheer about today as it looks like Chinese phone maker GooPhone have already patented the design of the new iPhone 5 before Apple have had chance!" This is just... Wow.
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RE: Bring it on!
by darknexus on Fri 7th Sep 2012 20:33 UTC in reply to "Bring it on!"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

About time the Patent troll of the century got what was coming. Suckers!

Apple is certainly doing some crappy things with patents, but I'm really getting sick of the term patent troll being misused. Apple is not a patent troll, which is a company that acquires large patent portfolios and then does absolutely nothing with them until they can bring in a large chunk of cash by suing other companies that actually create products. Acasia technologies, for example, is a textbook patent troll and I believe they've come up on here at least once. Let me be clear: I do not like patents at all. I hate them, and I absolutely despise what Apple is currently doing with them, but you cannot call them a patent troll. They actually bring products to market which use the patents they have. A patent tyrant perhaps, but not a troll.

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RE[2]: Bring it on!
by NiteRain on Fri 7th Sep 2012 21:39 in reply to "RE: Bring it on!"
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2009-07-24

Well in some cases a patent tyrant is fitting. What would you call Steve Jobs who goes to a R&D company and sees what they are working on, and sees the future of graphical interfaces, and the mouse, and then run over and make his own graphical interface right after. And patent most of the basic concepts? What would you call that person?

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RE[3]: Bring it on!
by darknexus on Sat 8th Sep 2012 19:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Bring it on!"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

What would you call Steve Jobs who goes to a R&D company and sees what they are working on, and sees the future of graphical interfaces, and the mouse, and then run over and make his own graphical interface right after. And patent most of the basic concepts? What would you call that person?

A gambler. That could have just as easily backfired on him if GUIs didn't end up being the future in the way he believed they would. He was a risk taker and won more often than he lost, and now his company has become arrogant because of their success. I hope a few market failures prick that over-inflated corporate had before Apple becomes a patent troll. They aren't at the moment, but it wouldn't be difficult to slide into it.

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RE[2]: Bring it on!
by kwan_e on Sat 8th Sep 2012 14:01 in reply to "RE: Bring it on!"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Apple is not a patent troll,


For now. But history shows patent litigation is a difficult habit to kick. It has a tendency to completely overtake a company's core business - probably because the promise of reward for little creative effort is alluring.

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RE[3]: Bring it on!
by darknexus on Sat 8th Sep 2012 19:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Bring it on!"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"Apple is not a patent troll,


For now. But history shows patent litigation is a difficult habit to kick. It has a tendency to completely overtake a company's core business - probably because the promise of reward for little creative effort is alluring.
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Quite true, and if Apple become a patent troll I'll be more than happy to call them such. Until then, I'd suggest we use that label for the companies that actually deserve it.

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