Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Mar 2013 10:35 UTC
Legal "Apple vs. Samsung initially ended with a billion-dollar verdict in favor of Apple, but there have been plenty of wrinkles since. This week brought about another, as Nokia filed an amicus brief on behalf of Apple, Inc. in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In the brief filed Monday, Nokia asked the court to permit permanent injunctions on the sale of Samsung phones that were found to infringe Apple's patents." In the meantime, the latest comScore figures for the US show that Windows Phone's market share actually declined during the launch of Windows Phone 8. It's pretty clear that, combined with the disappointing quarterly results for Nokia, the company is setting itself up for the future. In this future, Nokia's patent portfolio is worth more than their actual phone business, and as such, Nokia can't do anything but support Apple in this case, else the value of their portfolio goes down.
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RE[3]: It isn't about Samsung
by kwan_e on Thu 7th Mar 2013 11:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It isn't about Samsung"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

apparently there was not enough to find for an exclusion order, which is worrying.


Only if you think the current patent system is worth protecting.

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RE[4]: It isn't about Samsung
by Nelson on Thu 7th Mar 2013 12:34 in reply to "RE[3]: It isn't about Samsung"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I do. Without getting into too much of a philosophical argument, I think that many companies have innovations and R&D investments worth protecting.

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RE[5]: It isn't about Samsung
by bnolsen on Thu 7th Mar 2013 13:10 in reply to "RE[4]: It isn't about Samsung"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

ouch. for the sake of my little company i want the software and design patents utterly gone. We know that any larger player with a legal department will bury us with just legal threats even if totally unfounded. It's another small business nightmare that destoys innovation and effectively allows a few huge companies to dominate through collusion. More money is now spent on legal departments than r&d in these huge companies. I see no progress here, just another lawyer multuplying industry.

And the MS shills are out again even though the article has absolutely nothing to do with windows, just nokia's already existing patent portfolio. If you can't innovate (that means market, not just technology!), then litigate!

Edited 2013-03-07 13:13 UTC

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RE[5]: It isn't about Samsung
by kwan_e on Thu 7th Mar 2013 15:13 in reply to "RE[4]: It isn't about Samsung"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

I do. Without getting into too much of a philosophical argument, I think that many companies have innovations and R&D investments worth protecting.


No need for philosophical arguments at all. Innovation tends to happen at a quicker rate without protections. Sure, we could protect companies, but it tends to be at the expense of society.

It's a myth that patent protection fosters innovation, much like the myth that ever increasing tax cuts for the rich creates jobs. They sound all right in theory, but they never pan out in reality.

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RE[5]: It isn't about Samsung
by gilboa on Thu 7th Mar 2013 15:58 in reply to "RE[4]: It isn't about Samsung"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

What a load a crap.

I've seen far too many big companies spend millions on kitchen sink patents that cover world + dog just to use it later on to bully small companies into submissions by using the sheer size of their legal department.

You simply have no idea how broken the system is, and how hard it is to navigate a small company in today's patent system minefield.

- Gilboa

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