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09.30.11

The Telecom Industry Turns Against Patent Aggressor Apple

Posted in Apple, Asia, Google, Patents at 9:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Steve Jobs with patent
Original photo by Matt Buchanan; edited by Techrights

Summary: Apple’s strategy against competition that is headquartered in Asia (and Linux based) results in more blowback than Apple must have foreseen

Apple chose to cheat rather than compete. It sought to embargo competition which is based on Android and now comes the blowback because Linux has many friends in Asia (a relationship of convenience).

Several days ago we saw Verizon batting against Apple and now we see T-Mobile. Reportedly, “T-Mobile has joined US comms giant Verizon in backing Samsung’s fight against Apple, which has requested a preliminary injunction against the Korean manufacturer’s products.

“T-Mobile’s argument is essentially the same as that made by Verizon last week, in that the mobile operator does not want a ban on 4G devices in the US during the busy Christmas shopping season.”

It’s actually made worse for Apple because VIA too entered the ring, which complicates matters for Apple and makes the case against Samsung rather multi-dimensional. The Samsung case gets a lot of coverage because two dozen actions have been invoked so far and the ITC starts putting Apple at risk of having its own products embargoed. Quoting IDG: “The U.S. International Trade Commissions said Tuesday that it will open an investigation of Apple based on an earlier complaint it received from handset maker HTC.

“Apple now collaborates with other Linux foes.”“The investigation will cover “certain electronic devices with communication capabilities, components thereof, and related software. The products at issue in this investigation are computers, tablet computers, and smartphones,” with Apple named as the respondent.”

Apple must feel like an unlucky punk as more and more such cases pile up. Meanwhile it loses sight of technical progress and Android keeps gaining. All this litigation sure can be distracting. Apple is not going to win, not overall. The triumph of Linux in mobile seems inevitable. Apple now collaborates with other Linux foes.

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3 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    September 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

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    You say Apple cheated but offer no examples. Apple sued another company – that is not in question. You blindly assume they were wrong to do so. Why?

    sserpdrow Reply:

    Their doctoring of the evidence and shopping for patent-friendly courts (Düsseldorf) has been well covered here and elsewhere, but perhaps some links could have been included.

    Michael Reply:

    I have seen the allegations. Allegations are not proof.

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