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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patent system
by Janvl on Thu 20th Sep 2012 06:26 UTC
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Just wondering, had this patent system existed about 30 or 40 years ago then there would not be any apple or microsoft today.

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RE: patent system
by Alfman on Thu 20th Sep 2012 07:07 in reply to "patent system"
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This patent system did exist back then, but the lawyers hadn't gotten involved in computers yet. So, corporations were more focused on building things rather than litigating.

"...there would not be any apple or microsoft today."

If you didn't watch this recently posted video, you should view it now. He brings up this exact point.
Jump to 6:55 - 7:20

"Back in the 80s there were no software patents, and it was xerox who pioneered the graphical user interface. Now what if they patented popup menus, scrollbars, the desktop with icons that look like folders and sheets of paper? Would a young and inexperienced apple have survived the legal assault of a much larger and more mature company like xerox?"

The entire presentation hits the nail on the head.

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RE[2]: patent system
by MOS6510 on Thu 20th Sep 2012 07:52 in reply to "RE: patent system"
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Apple didn't copy from Xerox, they were shown the goods, which they liked, and then Xerox and Apple cooperated on the Macintosh GUI. A number of Xerox people worked at Apple, a number even joining Apple.

I agree if Xerox had patented all their GUI stuff and refused to license them it would have made things more difficult for GUI builders, but as it went Apple didn't copy/steal from Xerox: they worked together.

I recently opened up a Mac Classic II, which was broken, and noticed a number of chips labeled Samsung (and Apple). How things can change.

But the good news is that the Classic works again.

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