Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jun 2013 12:49 UTC
Legal "The ITC has banned Company X from importing some models of Phone A and Tablet B because they infringe on a Company Y patent. In a cease and desist order issued today, the International Trade Commission ordered Company X to stop importing AT&T models of the Phone A, the Phone B and C, the Tablet A, and the Tablet B into the US." Commentary if you're cheering for Company X: it's entirely unfair to ban entire products just because of infringement on a single patent. The patent system sucks! Commentary if you're cheering for Company Y: Company X are a bunch of thieves who never invent anything on their own. The patent system is a great thing that protects American companies. Up next week: role reversal, regurgitation of the same 'arguments', just the other way around! Ugh.
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RE: Comment by majipoor
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 5th Jun 2013 17:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by majipoor"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Software patent abuse is worse than FRAND abuse. FRAND patents generally represent actual investment and research into hardware.

Software patents represent nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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RE[2]: Comment by majipoor
by Nelson on Wed 5th Jun 2013 18:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by majipoor"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Software patent abuse is worse than FRAND abuse. FRAND patents generally represent actual investment and research into hardware.


This particular patent is a software patent which was pledged to be offered at FRAND rates to all implementors as a condition of it being accepted into the 3G standard.

What this means is that Samsung can extract obscene amounts of money from people who implemented the 3G standard on the promise that Samsung (and other IP holders) would guarantee the FRAND rates.

Anyhow, there's not really a reason for Apple to worry. Google has already been defanged by regulators for the same thing, so it will only earn Samsung the ire of Government agencies at little to no financial impact to Apple.

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RE[3]: Comment by majipoor
by TechGeek on Wed 5th Jun 2013 19:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by majipoor"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

The government isnt going to do anything of the sort. The ITC investigation clealy shows that Apple acted in bad faith and that Samsung has a right to get paid. Just like with Nokia, Apple holds back paying for as long as possible. But sooner or later they always have to pay.

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