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[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 5th Jun 2013 04:22 UTC 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[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 5th Jun 2013 09:35 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
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My focus is on Apple because someone else keeps saying Apple does this or that, but without giving any examples. It has reached a dogmatic state.

I don't know about those cases you mentioned, but if Apple sues them it's most likely those companies made rather exact copies of Apple products.

Apple tends to go after companies that pose real threats or misuse the Apple brand, product names or logos. I don't think that's unreasonable, although I think they sometimes go to far with anything that starts with a small i. It's probably their legal department acting on their own rather than a CEO call.

That haven't said a thing about HP and their new line of Apple product look-a-likes. Go to a toy store and you'll find media players and tablets that are obviously Apple inspired. If they weren't so crappy I might even buy some just for the fun of it.

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