02.05.12

Apple, Which Started Patent Wars, Gets What It Deserves

Posted in Apple, Patents at 10:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Apple assault doesn’t blend

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Summary: Apple products get banned (for the time being) after Apple decided to attack Linux-supporting competitors and then received some blowback

APPLE’S opening of a jar of worms has led to reactionary lawsuits that sometimes trouble Apple and discourage the original strategists (those in favour of suing Android). Some of Apple’s legal leadership has already left or was fired. We covered this at one time.

According to the corporate press and the Irish Times, Apple has its day in court and the outcome is not as Apple originally planned:

Motorola Mobility has won a second German patent ruling against Apple over its iCloud service allowing the company to block sales of devices including iPhone and iPad if they use the software that accesses it.

Apple started this whole war and there is an attempt at deterrence from the defendants. Citing a Microsoft lobbyist, ZDNet tells the distorted version of the story, where Google and Motorola are somehow the “aggressors”. To quote:

Apple was forced to remove several iOS devices from sale on its German online store on Thursday as a result of its patent battles with Motorola.

The iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and 3G iPads are currently not available from the company’s web store in Germany following a ruling in favour of Motorola relating to FRAND-pledged patents declared essential to 3G standards.

With more rumours based on Apple patents (like this one) we expect Apple to carry on with its patent strategy, living and dying by the sword (the man behind this strategy is already dead). Apple does not even get sympathy from people who claim to like Apple products:

I like Apple products. God knows I own and use enough of them. But, I hate their out-sourcing business practices and their world-wide anti-Android lawsuits. So, when I learned this morning that Motorola Mobility had won a permanent injunction against Apple’s iCloud service in Germany because of a patent violation and Motorola had followed that up with another patent victory, which has forced Apple to take all its older phones, 3G and 4 and all iPads off its German online store (German language link), I was pleased.

Apple has made enemies it did not need to make.

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3 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    February 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

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    More of your lies about Apple starting patent wars. You simply made that up. Apple *reacted* to plagiarism, and you accuse them of starting a war. Your claim is an out and out lie. To say Apple “made enemies” by reacting to having their work plagiarized is just silly. Plagiarism is wrong. Why not just admit to this? Maybe the fact you cannot has something to do with your claimed degrees… you would not have any moral problem with plagiarizing all the work “you” did… if you got caught and your school reacted they would be “starting a war”. Just insane.

    As far as the German decision against Apple, it has already blocked the ban. We shall see how it goes in the long run.

    WinTard Reply:

    @Michael

    Surely you mean more of your (and Apple’s) lies. Clearly Apple has started all of this legal mess. Ironically, the mentally deranged Steve Jobs is the one who is truly guilty of plagiarism. And any sane person realizes Apple can’t compete with non-existent innovation, thus must litigate to survive. It’s obvious!

    Now you talk like if you had the high-moral ground. Great FUD attempt. Have you been indoctrinated by (or perhaps even work for) Apple?

    The Reality Distortion Field has its limits.

    Now for some independently verifiable facts, not wishes, or accusatory lies (like you and Apple does). No links = BS!

    In Steve Jobs’ madness (just google it) delusional and malicious claims that Android “Slavishly Copied” bla bla bla.

    On the sole aspects of the EU Community Design Patent of the rectangular thin tablet vs. Samsung. Please explain this:
    How come Samsung was selling a tablet computer in 2006 which played music, videos, and pictures (aka iPod) that predates the introduction of the original iPhone in 2007, or original iPad in 2010? Yet the very same looking iPad2 in 2011 is supposedly the original?

    Google Samsung photoframe 2006
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=samsung+photoframe+2006

    The old adage the ‘best defense is offence’, is backfiring upon Apple. Especially when the accuser is itself guilty of plagiarism in the first place. Do you really think the general population is that stupid enough to fall for the Apple Kool Aid?

    Regardless, just because Jobs said something, does not make it true, real, or legal. However, when a court of law of legal jurisdiction in Australia, Germany, Netherlands and the USA say there is no plagiarism, that becomes the legal and only truth. Not what your deity says.

    Have we not been through all of this back in the days Steve sued Bill over the GUI? Have they not learned their lessons?

    ~~~~~~~~~~
    We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.
    ~ Steve Jobs

    When one person suffers from a delusion It is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion It is called Religion.
    ~ Robert M. Pirsig

    There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
    ~ Oscar Levant

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    ~ Albert Einstein

    Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
    ~ Winston Churchill, British statesman and writer (1874-1965)

    The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.
    ~ Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914, American Author/Editor/Journalist

  2. Michael said,

    February 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

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    @Michael
    Surely you mean more of your (and Apple’s) lies. Clearly Apple has started all of this legal mess.

    How is *reacting* to plagiarism an act of "starting" something? This is the claim that is made over and over and over on this site, but it is idiotic. Now I can see where you might say you disagree with Apple’s (and, often, the court’s) view of what is being plagiarized (though the courts handle the question of plagiarism poorly). But to just ignore the whole issue is dishonest.

    Ironically, the mentally deranged Steve Jobs is the one who is truly guilty of plagiarism. And any sane person realizes Apple can’t compete with non-existent innovation, thus must litigate to survive. It’s obvious!

    Your emotional reaction is not relevant to the discussion.

    Now you talk like if you had the high-moral ground. Great FUD attempt. Have you been indoctrinated by (or perhaps even work for) Apple?

    To say I have a higher moral high ground than Roy and his followers is comparable to saying I smell better than dog poo. So, sure, I am at the higher moral ground but that is hardly an egotistical statement!

    The Reality Distortion Field has its limits.

    Again: your emotional reaction is not of interest to me.

    Now for some independently verifiable facts, not wishes, or accusatory lies (like you and Apple does). No links = BS!
    In Steve Jobs’ madness (just google it) delusional and malicious claims that Android “Slavishly Copied” bla bla bla.

    You claimed this is a "verifiable fact" that his claim was inaccurate. But the evidence backs his claims – at least in terms of Samsung devices.

    http://i.imgur.com/TmUj2.jpg
    http://goo.gl/S2AJR
    http://goo.gl/bWDs6
    http://goo.gl/NjrfV
    I will grant that this is showing Samsung devices and not Android as much. While I have seen evidence of Android’s plagiarism with my own eyes, I have no evidence as direct and powerful as that to show you – and so I acknowledge you can potentially make a counter to the claim. But your emotional reaction is not a valid counter – to the contrary it weakens your credibility.

    On the sole aspects of the EU Community Design Patent of the rectangular thin tablet vs. Samsung. Please explain this:
    How come Samsung was selling a tablet computer in 2006 which played music, videos, and pictures (aka iPod) that predates the introduction of the original iPhone in 2007, or original iPad in 2010? Yet the very same looking iPad2 in 2011 is supposedly the original?

    See above for Samsung devices before and after the iPad. If you have contrary *evidence* I am open to seeing it.

    Google Samsung photoframe 2006
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=samsung+photoframe+2006

    That is not a tablet computer and is not relevant. There are many other devices which are black with rounded rectangles!

    The old adage the ‘best defense is offence’, is backfiring upon Apple. Especially when the accuser is itself guilty of plagiarism in the first place. Do you really think the general population is that stupid enough to fall for the Apple Kool Aid?

    Again: an emotional reaction from you. It is not of interest.

    Regardless, just because Jobs said something, does not make it true, real, or legal. However, when a court of law of legal jurisdiction in Australia, Germany, Netherlands and the USA say there is no plagiarism, that becomes the legal and only truth. Not what your deity says.

    Deity? Something being true because Jobs said it? More emotional reactions from you that have nothing to do with the discussion. Your emotional reactions are not of interest to me. As far as plagiarism, the courts have not even looked at that question – they have looked at specific patents (and often sided with Apple).

    Have we not been through all of this back in the days Steve sued Bill over the GUI? Have they not learned their lessons?

    The lesson that groups who plagiarize often succeed? Yes, that lesson had been learned.

    ~~~~~~~~~~
    We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.
    ~ Steve Jobs

    Roy has used that quote out of context many, many times. I see you wish to do the same. http://trw.gallopinginsanity.com/2011/09/08/apple
    There is nothing wrong with brining ideas from many disciplines together to make an excellent product. Why would there be?

    When one person suffers from a delusion It is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion It is called Religion.
    ~ Robert M. Pirsig

    This does not excuse the insanity from Stallman nor the FSF.

    There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
    ~ Oscar Levant

    Jobs had elements of both. He certainly lead to massive innovation and changed the world, but he was also clearly a very, very flawed person.

     

     

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