Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Sep 2012 21:40 UTC
Legal "The International Trade Commission voted yesterday to investigate Apple for patent infringement allegations launched by the Google-owned Motorola Mobility. As expected, Motorola is asking for import bans on just about every iOS device, including iPhones, iPods, and iPads. What might be surprising is that Motorola is also asking for a ban on every type of Mac OS X computer, claiming Apple's iMessage technology infringes a Motorola patent." Let's hope all those products get banned. And that all Motorola phones get banned. Let's hope everything gets banned from the US. And yes, I changed Motorola into Google for the headline.
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So now the other shoe drops...
by galvanash on Thu 20th Sep 2012 03:03 UTC
galvanash
Member since:
2006-01-25

I wish there was some way to avoid all this... I know, abolish software patents!

Seriously though - this is just going to go careening out of control now. Pretty soon Apple and Google are going to step back and shed some tears over all the money, time, and energy they are mutually wasting on this silliness. This is starting to look like a giant stimulus package for patent lawyers.

In the end only the lawyers win.

ps. For my fellow American geeks - I know it is about 800th on the list of import stuff, but find out the stance of your congressional pick when it comes to software patents. The only way to fix this is from the top. It's the laws fault - not Apple's or Google's.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Maybe eventually it will get so bad, almost everyone hears about it. And then, maybe people will start realizing all the bullshit that's going on and start to do something to try to end it.

But considering this stuff doesn't make the news like rape, murder, drunk driving, illegal drugs, speeding tickets, celebrities, and who just died... I'm not holding my breath on it.

Meanwhile, the government's busy trying to strengthen laws that already exist such as various forms of rape, violence, child abuse; attempting to branch them out to where they make no sense (video games, censorship of media/entertainment, enforcement of drug laws, further restrictions on weapons) in the name of "the children" and "anti-violence". Freedom be damned.

Edited 2012-09-20 08:49 UTC

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ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Actually I think a blow to Apple would be bigger in media than a blow to anyone else, right now.

A ban on "just" the iPhone 5 would be gigantic and a lot of people would take notice.

Of course, even though I wish that it would mean we could finally sit down and fix the laws, I bet it would all be regarded as an attack on Apple and any tweak would be as small as possible just to get everyone back on their yearly iFix.

Oh, and did I mention I'm a hopeless pessimist? ;)

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