Bonum Certa Men Certa

Is Apple Sued for Patent Infringement Over Third-Party Software?

Summary: The absurdity of the US patent system becomes more evident as Apple gets sued under odd circumstances

OTHER than the controversial news about Apple's hardware quality, there is plenty of coverage concerning a new lawsuit. For those who are interested in the former story, The Register has some details.

Put together by US PC repair and support firm Rescuecom, the league table was topped by Asus with a whopping 972 reliability points. Apple, now in second place, scored just 324 points.


Looking at Apple's latest patent trouble, the case is interesting because Apple is being sued merely for capability, not function. iPhone brings a lawsuit merely because it can serve as an EBook, not because it is (this is neither a built-in function nor is it advertised). Apple Insider has some details and TechnDirt, as usual, offers a solid rebuttal.

Despite Steve Jobs' proud promotion of the 200 patents Apple has around the iPhone, there's been no shortage of patent infringement lawsuits filed against the company.


How does Apple feel about patents now? In its early days, the company opposed them, but not anymore. It's the same with Microsoft.

Patent lawsuits against Apple become common (because this can pay plenty). There is another one hitting the iPhone. For objective details about the other case, see IDG's coverage:

Patent Infringement Lawsuit May Affect IPhone



Filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division, the lawsuit centers on the so-called "298 patent." The patent describes a "method and apparatus for detecting camera sensor intensity saturation."


Yes, it's the Eastern District of Texas, as usual.

Software patents are an important issue at the moment, so we shall continue covering it. We also wish to share this video where Richard Stallman debunks common myths about software patents.

Ogg Theora







This is part of a longer talk, but we can't 'Oggify' all of it. Also see this multi-video post containing a similar talk from Richard Stallman on software patents. Therein he addresses a European audience amid lobbying efforts, not a Canadian crowd. He also refers to the directive which was ultimately rejected.

Richard Stallman and the GPLv3



Recent Techrights' Posts

Richard Stallman to Give Public Talk in Portugal on Wednesday
new addition to his page
Richard Stallman's Hair Has Grown Back and He Does Not Talk About Cancer
May he live a long and happy life
[Teaser] Freenode LTD: What Happened
Upcoming series based on insiders' account with evidence
Links 15/04/2024: Signs of Desperation at Microsoft and Tesla Employees Brace for Mass Layoffs (Update: Yes, Over 10% at Tesla Laid Off)
Links for the day
 
Next Week Marks a Year Since Red Hat Mass Layoffs, Another Round Would be "Consistent With Other Layoffs at IBM."
"From anon: Global D&I team has been cut in half."
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Monday, April 15, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, April 15, 2024
Links 15/04/2024: Navartis, AWS and Tesla Layoffs
Links for the day
Gemini Links 15/04/2024: YAML Issues and Gemtext Specification 0.24.0
Links for the day
New Video of Richard Stallman's Talk in Italy (Delivered a Week Ago)
a working copy of the video
Microsoft Windows Falling to New Lows in the United Kingdom and Worldwide
What's noteworthy here is that there's no sign at all of a Windows rebound
[Meme] Quantity of European Patents
they've rigged the system to make more money
Why do free software organizations eliminate community representatives?
Reprinted with permission from the Free Software Fellowship
Upcoming Themes and Articles in Techrights
we expect to have already caught up with most of the administrivia and hopefully we'll be back to the prior pace some time later this week
Matthias Kirschner & FSFE People Trafficking, coercion of volunteers
Reprinted with permission from the Free Software Fellowship
Gemini Links 15/04/2024: Profectus Alpha 0.4 and RPG of One Capsule Progress
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, April 14, 2024
IRC logs for Sunday, April 14, 2024
Oceania: GNU/Linux Measured at Lower Than the International Average (4% or 7% Including ChromeOS)
statCounter's data
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) Does Not Wish to Become an Instrument of Cost-Free Harassment or 'Cheap Revenge', It Says "Justice is Not Free. Quite the Contrary. Justice is Expensive."
Long story short, there is no lawsuit, there is a just a hateful, lying idiot abusing "the system" (which this idiot rejects entirely)
Achieving Objectives
The 'suits' and their vocabulary can be overcome when their deceit is widely deciphered:
Mozilla Has Turned Firefox Into OSPS Consistent With "Attestation" Objectives
Open Source Proprietary Software
100 years of Hitler & psychological experiments on volunteers
Reprinted with permission from the Free Software Fellowship
Taliban, the Free and Open Source Software Community Team of Afghanistan
Reprinted with permission from the Free Software Fellowship
Links 14/04/2024: Software Needed for Work and Issues in Brazil
Links for the day
Gemini Links 14/04/2024: OFFLFIRSOCH and Gemtext Specification 0.24.0
Links for the day
Links 14/04/2024: Tesla and OpenAI (Microsoft) Layoffs Floated in the Media
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Saturday, April 13, 2024
IRC logs for Saturday, April 13, 2024