Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jun 2013 12:45 UTC
Legal Ah, patents - the never-ending scourge of the technology industry. Whether wielded by companies who don't actually make any products, or large corporations who abuse them because they can't compete in the market place or because they're simply jerks, they do the industry a huge disservice and are simply plain dangerous. According to The Wall Street Journal (circumvention link), president Obama is about to take several executive actions to address patent trolls - which may seem like a good idea, but I am very worried that all this will do is strengthen the positions of notorious patent system abusers such as Apple and Microsoft.
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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Wed 5th Jun 2013 02:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Why waste money, time and energy on small companies that cause you little harm.

If you sow thousands of seeds and the birds steal 100 of them would you invest in a WiFi linked scarecrow defense grid?

Suing small companies means a potentially easier win, which can set a precedent so that you can take down larger companies easier.

So imagine you want to stop birds from stealing your seeds (with a kitten), and that the larger birds take the most seeds, but you can't go after the larger birds because they peck and scratch at your kitten. They'll prosecute the pussy. So you set your kitten onto the smaller birds first to eat them, so that it grows large enough to be able to take down the bigger birds.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 5th Jun 2013 04:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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It sounds like a credible theory, but does it apply to Apple? I know of the big birds they've gone after, but it is suggested, again and again, that they go after small birds too yet so far none is named.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by JAlexoid on Wed 5th Jun 2013 09:17 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Yes, it does. Apple is no exception to the precedent case law application. Apple is not the only one, though.

Your focus on Apple is very much misplaced, since you can say the same about Microsoft and most other big players. In fact, Microsoft has spawned more than Apple can dream of in small businesses and jobs. Their business partner programme is second to none.

PS: Apple "trolled" in Europe - a Spanish tablet maker and a German one. Much smaller targets than Microsoft's targets were/are.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Fri 7th Jun 2013 21:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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So imagine you want to stop birds from stealing your seeds (with a kitten), [...]

Kitten analogies?! I kinda like the idea...

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