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Samsung told to pay Apple $1bn

Discussion in 'Intellectual Property & Trademarking' started by Mad Lab Rat, Aug 25, 2012.

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    Ouch! :eek: Mind you; small money in their game...
     
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    This is good news for us - Innovation with start again...
     
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    Very bad news for the whole computer industry when a company like Apple moves from innovation to protecting it's markets at any costs. What Apple actually did with a lot of these "innovations" is to buy up the companies that originally came up with the ideas and then cast around looking for someone to sue.

    This is happening more and more with large corporates who seem to think that this is the way to protect their markets. This is just plain wrong. If they want to protect their markets they need to continue to innovate and always be one step ahead of the competition. The US Millenium Copyright Act makes this sort of action much more prevalent (as many people said it would when it came into law). Under this law you can virtual Copyright or patent anything even if you had nothing to do with inventing it and it's just simple a "natural" thing to do. Many US companies have been casting around for years to find things they can patent (such as traditional medicines) which have existed for ever but no one holds any rights over them.
     
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    Agree this is good news. I'd be really surprised if Apple "look around" for people to sue... as they have nothing better to do. Whether they've invented something or bought the company that have is completely irrelevant.
     
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    Lee, have you seen the images of Samsung products before an after the iPhone? Even the charger looked exactly the same. It's not about Apple protecting their interests at all costs, it's about people blatantly copying stuff and making money out of it.
     
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    Some have said this copying was a business move by Samsung to jump start them into the touch screen smartphone market, OK, it's cost them plenty in legal fees and damages, but they've shifted $20bn in smartphones in the last 4-5 years.
    Seems like a fairly good move to me.
     
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    Bad news... how does it push companies to innovate if they simply sue the competition out of existence? It's more about Apple wanting to dictate the market and having the pants scared off them by the rise of Android through Samsung devices in particular. Innovation is often inspired by looking at a competitor and coming up with something similar but improving on it. If Apple push out competition then ultimately it means they can dictate pricing on products they are not forced to innovate = worse deal for the consumer.
     
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    Windows Phone 8 is different, innovative, yes?
    Microsoft pay a licence to Apple for the use of certain patents, but the UI is quite different and refreshing!

    The areas in question raised buy the recent court case are blatant copies of what Apple spend years developing.

    Now, US patent law is broken and needs completely reworking, but if you have a patent for something, you must protect it or grant a licence for it's use.
    If other developers do not wish to pay a licence, they must innovate or be sued.

    With regard to patent law, the re-work should include "fair use" of some software functionality such as some of the patents Apple have been granted, some are like saying "we have a patent for a car design that has four wheels, anyone that does the same must pay a licence". To me, that's just bullsh*t.
     

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