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02.04.13

Apple Keeps Losing Patent Cases, Now Pursues Trademarks on Designs!

Posted in Apple, Patents at 5:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Brands flood

Summary: The USPTO, a vassal to aggressive US brands, continues to enable abuse and bullying rather than open innovation

Groklaw does a great job covering Apple’s attacks on Android as Jones declares:

Apple just lost another round. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied Apple’s petition for en banc review of Judge Lucy Koh’s decision not to order a permanent injunction against Samsung. The court also denied Apple’s motion asking for permission to file a reply brief.

Apple’s war on Linux (using software patents) goes back to when Apple threatened Palm with lawyers — a period not covered by this interesting new infographic. Muktware says:

In one of the most dramatic and closely watched court-battle (after Oracle-Google), judge Lucy Koh has issued four rulings on post-trial briefs.

In a nutshell there won’t be a new trial, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won’t be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were ‘undercompensated’ by the jury. The most important ruling was that she also found that ‘Samsung did not willfully’ infringe’.

Here is more and an update from Jones, who writes: “Apple and Samsung must be groaning. The trouble with Tribbles, of course, is that there’s no seeming end to them — “they are born pregnant” and threaten to consume all the onboard supplies, but Judge Grewal, like Spock, is immune to their effects, so he refuses most of the requests, saying over and over that the parties have failed to show in a particularized way how revealing the materials would be harmful.”

Here is what this one pro-Apple site says, as spotted by Jones:

OS X is degrading into a base for an entertainment platform.

How true. And notice what Apple does with trademarks now:

Apple has been granted a trademark on the design of its Apple Stores by the US Patent & Trademark Office.

The USPTO might be simpler to stop than Apple, which is very wealthy and has successfully brainwashed a lot of people. Monopolies on store design are a ridiculous concept. So much for free market…

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