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.”