Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Apr 2014 09:44 UTC
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Rockstar, the massive patent troll in which Apple is a majority shareholder, sued Google for patent infringement. Of course, Rockstar filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas, the usual venue for patent trolls. Because of Apple's involvement, Google motioned to have the suit take place in California instead, where it stands a much greater chance of winning. Judge Claudia Wilken sides with Google. She states in the ruling:

Google and Apple's rivalry in the smartphone industry is well-documented. Apple's founder stated that he viewed Android as a "rip off" of iPhone features and intended to "destroy" Android by launching a "thermonuclear war." Defendants' litigation strategy of suing Google customers is consistent with Apple's particular business interest... This 'scare the customer and run' tactic advances Apple's interest in interfering with Google's Android business.

Every now and then, someone just gets it. Judge Wilken looked beyond the constructed sham companies and legal cobwebs - such as Rockstar setting up a sham company in Delaware with zero California contacts and transferring all patents-in-suit to that company a day before it sued Google.

The world needs more judges like this. In addition - it seems like Jobs' remarks about Android are catching up to the company. Delightful.

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by pandronic on Fri 18th Apr 2014 11:37 UTC
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2006-05-18

If all you can invent is a rounded rectangle then all there is to do is sue ... It's a pity they can't patent their marketing strategies, because that's all there's innovative about Apple.

Edited 2014-04-18 11:38 UTC

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by WereCatf on Fri 18th Apr 2014 12:06 in reply to "Comment"
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2006-02-15

Even as an Apple-hater you could give them a little bit more credit than that, couldn't you? They may not have invented anything earth-shattering, but they did manage to put it all in a package that seems to appeal to people's egos while also serving their needs. It's not an easy thing to find a spot where you can sell expensive gadgets which people generally view as status symbols.

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by stabbyjones on Fri 18th Apr 2014 12:54 in reply to "RE: Comment"
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2008-04-15

They can sell anything and it will be classified as innovative in the future. Whether it's a good phone or not, it still would have sold by the truck load.

Especially on the back of the iPod/iTunes behemoth.

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by oskeladden on Fri 18th Apr 2014 14:33 in reply to "RE: Comment"
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2009-08-05

They may not have invented anything earth-shattering, but they did manage to put it all in a package that seems to appeal to people's egos while also serving their needs.


I've long thought that Apple's gadgets would have much more descriptive names if we Latinized them slightly. egoPad, egoPhone...

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by Vanders on Fri 18th Apr 2014 14:59 in reply to "RE: Comment"
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2005-07-06

They may not have invented anything earth-shattering, but they did manage to put it all in a package

O.K, but "Putting existing things together in a package" isn't actually patentable nor really particularly innovative.

You have to at least get to "Putting existing things together in a package with rounded corners" for real innovation, apparently.

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by WorknMan on Fri 18th Apr 2014 18:50 in reply to "RE: Comment"
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2005-11-13

Even as an Apple-hater you could give them a little bit more credit than that, couldn't you? They may not have invented anything earth-shattering, but they did manage to put it all in a package that seems to appeal to people's egos while also serving their needs. It's not an easy thing to find a spot where you can sell expensive gadgets which people generally view as status symbols.


To me, the most influencial Apple products are like Street Fighter 2. Sure, SF2 wasn't the first video game, and it wasn't the first fighting game either. It wasn't even the first fighting game with rounds and a 6 button layout, and arguably its most influencial feature, the combo system, was a complete accident. And you could make a convincing argument that better fighting games than the Street Fighter series have come out over the years(depending on taste, of course).

Yet it was massively successful and pretty much the game that started the fighting game genre, and gave the rest of the industry a template to work from. But if SF2 were an Apple product, there'd be haters out there screaming that it deserves no credit at all, because they didn't actually invent anything new. They just took what had already been done before and repackaged it for the masses.

Of course, I'm sure my post will get modded down by the Apple haters, as it seems that many of them would rather have their testicles carved off with a wooden cooking spoon than give Apple even a little goddamn credit.

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by CaptainN- on Mon 21st Apr 2014 14:31 in reply to "RE: Comment"
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The original iPhone as just a status symbol? I think you are missing quite a lot.

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That is bitter truth, but
by pica on Fri 18th Apr 2014 19:36 in reply to "Comment"
pica Member since:
2005-07-10

what did Apple invent?

* GUI bought from Xerox PARC
* Newton, Psion was first, even recognition of hand writings was state of the art that time
* iPod, just another MP3 player
* iPhone, LG Prada was first by ~6 weeks

That is bitter truth.

But Apple did UX better than its competitors.
And Steve Jobs was a more then excelant sates man.

Greetings,
pica

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RE: That is bitter truth, but
by judgen on Sat 19th Apr 2014 07:43 in reply to "That is bitter truth, but"
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2006-07-12

HyperCard and HyperTalk was invented by apple, and whilst very few use it today it was immensely influencial on what was to come.

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RE: That is bitter truth, but
by leos on Sun 20th Apr 2014 18:48 in reply to "That is bitter truth, but"
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2005-09-21

Please name one thing that Google, Microsoft, Dell, Mercedes (etc etc) invented and I will tell you who did almost that same thing first.

If you are loose enough in your definition of what is the same, there are no inventions, only innovation on top of existing ideas. That's the basis of human progress.

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