Guarding a cult
Summary: A criticism of Apple’s approach to patents and litigation
APPLE is being sued for patent violations again, in a lawsuit that we covered here before. To quote an article about it, “Chinese company claims Apple’s Siri technology infringes on a patent for software providing a similar service.”
“Satires arrive in this age where Apple is itself a patent aggressor, suffering a Hubris conflict.”Apple, instead of suing patent aggressors and trolls (it cannot), is suing practising companies for producing original gadgets that it wants the world to believe Steve Jobs ‘invented’.
Apple continues to amass patents (new example) even though these cannot be used to defend from patent trolls. All that Apple can do with those is sue competitors, or at least intimidate them. This is not innovation, it’s the exact opposite; it is the prevention of innovation coming to the market. Satires arrive in this age where Apple is itself a patent aggressor, suffering a Hubris conflict.
walterbyrd cites the article “Samsung’s request for expedited Galaxy Nexus hearing accepted, Apple groups them with “pirates, thieves and counterfeiters”,” noting that: “After the return of the Galaxy Nexus to the Play Store, we have some more good news on the Samsung vs Apple patent battle: the Korean manufacturer’s request for an expedited appeal against the preliminary injunction granted against the Galaxy Nexus has been grated. As a result, they must submit their court brief by the 16th of July to the US Court of Appeals, after which Apple has 14 days to respond. Final comments will take place on the 6th of August.”
“It is clear that Android tablets are doing well, so Apple’s action has nothing to do with “pirates, thieves and counterfeiters”; it has to do with Apple’s sheer arrogance.”But Apple is already taking it a step ahead by sending threatening letters to retailers that stock particular Android devices (there is a discussion in Slashdot about it). Here are Apple’s threats. It is clear that Android tablets are doing well, so Apple’s action has nothing to do with “pirates, thieves and counterfeiters”; it has to do with Apple’s sheer arrogance. █
“We’ve always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”