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01.06.13

Apple Has Always Been Shameless About Lying on Innovation

Posted in Apple, Patents at 7:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Not producing, not innovating

Summary: How Apple uses the plutocratic and bureaucratic US system to discriminate against and block Asian brands that it actually imitated

Branding giant Apple is not innovative where it claims innovation. It’s all just marketing. It takes determination to show this technically and patent re-examination is where the victim of a bad decision of USPTO along with aggression from the applicant puts the burden of proper examination on the victim, who then needs to spend money accumulating proof of prior art or pay lawyers to explain triviality etc. In simpler terms, it’s only when bogus patents get weaponised that we find out how bogus they really are. This makes USPTO a corruptible, SLAPP-like tool (damaging too) where all the burden of proof is put on victims, including smaller players such as the Taiwan-based HTC. One prominent lawyer says:

Apple should be forced to release its settlement with HTC now, in uncensored, unredacted form. Full disclosure should be the norm in patent lawsuits between competitors. If transparency means that tech companies, fearful of having to disclose their financial secrets, refrain from initiating new patent litigation, well, so much the better.

Samsung, unlike HTC, has a lot of patents and a pro-Apple site says it retaliates to deter Apple (which started this patent war):

According to a South Korean news site, Samsung has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit in Korea against Apple over the iOS version of Notification Center, saying it violates their patent. The feature, which debuted almost two years ago, is also similar (but not identical) to an Android feature called Status Bar for which Google recently received a US patent. Apple most recently brought the Notification Center over to the Mac in OS X Mountain Lion.

Due to court discrimination (nationalism in the press and in government agencies like the US ITC), Samsung is going out of the US for deterrence. Apple, the original aggressor in the turf wars, keeps blackmailing with lawsuits in the US:

iPhone maker withdraws infringement allegations in exchange for assurances that Samsung will not market the smartphone in the U.S.

Remember that Apple originally ripped off east Asian companies. As this news reminder goes:

Above you’ll see a rather drab (by today’s standards) looking machine tagged with the name “Apple Snow White 1 Sony Style” from 1982. Of this design Esslinger writes, “Concept 1 was defined by ‘what sony would do if it built computers’. I didn’t like this idea, as it could create conflicts with Sony, but Steve insisted. He felt that sony’s simple cool design language should be a good benchmark, and Sony was the current pacesetter in making high-tech consumer products smarter, smaller and more portable.”

“And now Apple sues Samsung,” writes Pamela Jones, noting the obvious.

“We’ve always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

Steve Jobs

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3 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    January 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm

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    The modern desktop PC.
    The modern music industry.
    The modern music playing device.
    The modern smart phone.

    Those are just some of the things which Apple’s innovation and vision have changed for pretty much all who use such things. You claim they are not innovative. Ok. Name *one* modern company which has has as much impact on so many industries over the past 25 years or so.

    But who are we kidding – we know you will *never* name such a company. Apple simply has been one of the most innovative companies over the last few decades. Drives you crazy with your envy of them, but it is no doubt true.

  2. mcinsand said,

    January 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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    Happy New Year, Roy, and I’m glad to see that you are still shining the light of honesty onto Apple’s fraud. I’m seeing more and more, though, how people are realizing just how empty Apple’s claims of innovation really are. For decades, they have enjoyed the benefits of being such a minor player that only the lemmings were paying any attention. Now that they have gotten large enough for notice by people that are not technologically ignorant, people are realizing just how empty their claims are, when they pretend to be anything other than a rebrander/remarketer of others’ products and ideas.

    Michael Reply:

    Roy? Honesty? I just pointed out where he is flat our wrong… and I left out tablets and I am sure more.

    And Roy *knows* he is wrong… or he is just completely ignorant of the tech industry. So to assume he is honest is a bit silly.

    But a challenge to you if you think Apple has not been innovative, what other company has has as much influence with their innovation and vision as Apple?

    There are some… wonder if you can think of any?

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