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Fraud in the USPTO and CAFC Helped Apple Launch Frivolous Patent Lawsuits Against Linux/Android, Based on New Withdrawals

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Summary: Inherent corruption in the US system has aided Apple's assault on east Asian electronics giants that use Linux at the core of their products

A COUPLE of months ago we showed that in fighting Linux/Android Apple relied on the corrupt CAFC and the corrupt USPTO (never mind gross overreach by ITC with its xenophobic embargoes). There was no real review of patent applications on the face of it (there was fraud at the USPTO). Upon actual look at the patents in question the "Patent Office Shoots Down Apple Infringement Claims Against Samsung", but not before a lot of damage (never mind legal fees) was done. As reported by an Apple boosting site:



Apple just hit a stumbling block in its second U.S. patent infringement case against Samsung thanks to a Patent and Trademark Office ruling that rejects some of the iPhone and iPad maker's claims. The ruling targeted the summary judgement Federal Judge Lucy Koh issued ahead of Apple and Samsung's trial this spring, and relates to infringement claims for Apple's autocomplete patent.


These patent attacks are not going to work if enough money is spent by Samsung showing that Apple merely copies the competition (prior art). In fact, Apple already lost its biggest Samsung case and dropped all of its cases outside the US. It's quite revealing. Can HTC claim compensation from Apple (legal fees and potentially other fees, as well as various damages to reputation and sales)?

Now that Android commands the lion's share of the key market (85% of all sales, according to one source) all that Apple can do is lie and rely on trolls who claim "Apple's resurgence" for some hits/clicks bait. Here is a new example:

In recent weeks, a drumbeat has grown among tech analysts that Apple's iPhone is poised for massive uptake while Android smartphone sales may have peaked in developed nations. Also, Android is threatened in the developing world from a Google creation called AOSP, which strips out Google's services (where Google makes its money) and lets any device maker avoid paying Google service royalties. This is especially significant in China, the world's biggest emerging market, where AOSP is the top-selling mobile OS and which accounts for 20 percent or more of global "Android" sales. At the same time, various analysts have noted that Samsung is being squeezed by both Apple and AOSP, and Samsung may have already peaked in mobile, with 2012's Galaxy S III representing the high point.


This is all speculative mambo-jumbo bearing the headline "Android has good reason to fear Apple's resurgence". Thankfully there is already a rebuttal to this, which says:

Partisan holy wars are part of the history of technology, and there have been few as bitter as Android versus Apple. While Android has had an amazing run of success over the last few years, some analysts are beginning to think that an Apple resurgence is at hand that could do serious damage to Android.

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However, I also understand the need for a horse race in the media. Writers are under pressure to deliver traffic and page views, and a platform battle between Google and Apple certainly offers articles with compelling clickability for readers. And many analysts simply seem to go whichever way they think the wind is blowing without looking deeper into what's actually happening.

Just remember that a lot of these analysts probably predicted Apple's doom over the last few years, and now they've switched to predicting Android's doom. So take everything they say with a gigantic grain of salt. I'm sure they'll flip back over to the other side at some point in the future if they think it will get them attention, clicks and traffic.


Apple is not doing well and even people inside Apple (or fans of Apple) know this. The recent revelations about iOS back doors, the China 'ban', etc. are just some of the symptoms and contributing factors/causes. Hopefully, as Apple continues to lose market share, its ability to just sue with patents (frivolously) is going to diminish and the same goes for Microsoft, which is doing what Apple did a couple of years ago (suing Samsung with crappy software patents).

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