Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th May 2014 10:43 UTC
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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[7]: Comment by henderson101
by WorknMan on Wed 7th May 2014 23:14 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by henderson101"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Being against bone-headed patents is a liberal thing now?


No, but writing biased, one-sided articles from a liberal point of view is. But I actually agree with them on this subject, so that's not really the point. I'm just picking on them because conservatives are not the ones who are guilty of sabotaging tech blogs and using them for their own political agendas.

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.


The question is, are software patents really impacting the little guys RIGHT NOW in a negative way? Are startups being forced to close up shop because they're being attacked by some mega corporations or patent trolls? If so, why don't tech sites report on THOSE, instead of telling us about every goddamn finger gesture-esque silly patent lawsuits that these big corporations are suing each other over?

I actually have a filter in my RSS reader that automatically purges any articles with the word 'patent' in the title. And do you know why? Because I don't give a shit anymore. If you want people like me to REALLY pay attention, then you only talk about patents and other such things when it REALLY matters. For everything else, someone needs to create a 'patentnews.com' blog where those of you who are interested in the nitty gritty details of every f**king patent case currently on the books can geek out on that stuff until your hearts content.

As it is, if you keep blasting the rest of us with this bullshit, we're eventually going to tune out, and then you won't be able to get our attention when it's really needed.

Edited 2014-05-07 23:15 UTC

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intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

So sticking your fingers in your ears and singing loudly makes the problem go away?

Apple gets away with being the first or second most profitable company in the world while also pushing for protectionism laws to cement them in place at the expense of future innovation from any competition... I guess it's okay because only Apple is innovative, so no worries.

And yes, small companies are getting raked over the patent coals every day because of the side-effect of the richest tech companies in the world (Apple, along with MS, Amazon, Oracle, etc) validating vague concepts as patents... Just one of many examples: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130102/08174721543/patent-troll-...

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

So sticking your fingers in your ears and singing loudly makes the problem go away?


For me? Yes, because I'm not the one getting sued, and I doubt you are either. Hence, it doesn't concern me. I don't give two shits about how many millions these rich commercial bastards have to pay each other in patent lawsuits. They can sue each other until they're blue in the face for all I care. I don't see any of them lobbying hard in Washington to end software patents, so they get zero sympathy from me when they get their asses handed to them in court.

The ONLY time I want to know about these things is when some product gets banned or some company/individual is put out of business. But since such things rarely happen, it's not enough fodder for tech bloggers to post their daily rants. In a way, their constant posting on the subject probably is doing more harm than good, by causing most of us to tune out early. Same with net neutrality.

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