Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th May 2014 10:43 UTC

One single paragraph from one of the many court documents (via!) in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung. One single paragraph that not only perfectly highlights the hypocrisy of technology companies, but also the complete and utter disjoint between a technology company's legal, marketing, and engineering departments.

Contrary to the image it has cultivated in the popular press, Apple has admitted in internal documents that its strength is not in developing new technologies first, but in successfully commercializing them. When Apple was developing its campaign to promote the first iPhone, it considered - and rejected - advertisements that touted alleged Apple "firsts" with the iPhone. As one Apple employee explained to an overly exuberant Apple marketer, "I don't know how many things we can come up with that you can legitimately claim we did first. Certainly we have the first successful versions of many features, but that's different than launching something to market first." In this vein, the employee methodically explained that Palm, Nokia and others had first invented the iPhone's most prominent features.

The marketing department has no clue about the technology it needs to advertise. The legal department cleverly writes its patent application despite knowing full well that the technology it tries to patent is not new. Meanwhile, the engineer - the actual person implementing the technology - knows exactly what is going on, but is gagged from openly speaking his or her mind. The only thing I'm not sure about is which of these three is the biggest hypocrite.

Intellectual property - and patents in particular - has ruined the technology industry with lies, deceit, and hypocrisy. We just stood by and let it happen.

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RE[5]: Comment by henderson101
by WorknMan on Wed 7th May 2014 17:33 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by henderson101"
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Cool - then maybe we could post one story. But so far there appear to be multiple stories; stories that add little to the actual facts and verdicts. When there are 4 different stories on the same subject and most of the guts of them is a link to another article and Thom's fairly biased opinion, makes me wonder why I bother reading this site any more.

I see you're getting modded down, which is a real shame. Even patent haters have got to get tired of seeing this shit get posted over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

I mean, it's not like you can go to a tech site/blog anymore that hasn't been hijacked by liberals, who use them as their personal and political soapbox, so they end up talking about things like net neutrality, patents, etc. ad nauseam. Not that I don't disagree with them on most things, but the point has been made time and time again. I don't see the logic in posting article # 7,000 on the subject. I guess they think, 'maybe if I post this for the 7,000th time, somebody in power will read this and change their mind about patents, then they will introduce a bill that gets grassroots support, and ...'

No, sorry... not gonna happen. These are definitely important subjects, but this is not the correct venue to have your voice heard. It's one thing to inform, but most of these bloggers are just ranting at this point.

Edited 2014-05-07 17:33 UTC

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Being against bone-headed patents is a liberal thing now? Odd... Seems like it'd be more of a small government ideal.

Government granted monopolies over vague concepts has the possibility of really crushing the future livelihood of software developers like myself, and crushing competition from any non-giant-corporation who can't afford to file hundreds of frivolous/vague patents every year.
It's stuff that does matter in the tech world, even if you get sad about hearing about it too much... You can't just hand-wave the problems away.

It's important to me and many others, so I don't mind seeing the articles so I can stay up to date on the current playing field...
Those of you who don't care, can just stop reading the posts; I don't like watching sports on tv, but I don't go on an angry tirade because it's on in every bar I visit.

Then again, every 10 articles I see with people praising Apple for the new thing they've invented (20 years after it's been in use elsewhere), or even better, the thing they're going to bestow on us that'll be so much better (Apple TV, iWatch, etc) does get to me, so maybe I should be more empathetic to your plight :-D

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cpiral Member since:

OSnews is like the Free Software Foundation, is like a liberal education.

Patent war spreads culture to OSNews and spreads the reality of software development practices to the legal professions.

Info Tech and Capitalist actions are huge and need to be kept in the news for the sake of the uninitiated. With news we can moderate our own environment. The forum moderators needs to admit articles that submit their "perfect little world" to "the big world" when they deem it necessary to risk it.

The big world has show-stopper bugs. We've become plutocracy. How about raising technocrats to patch the problem?



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