The iPhone's been out for two years, and *now* Nokia wants to negotiate patent licensing with Apple? (Edit: It looks like they've been talking for a while, and this is just Nokia upping the ante)
I've got to imagine Apple has quite a few patents themselves, and will now come back at Nokia to announce violations. In the end, they'll negotiate some cross-licensing deal.
This is why our patent system is great when you're the big, entrenched company, and horrible if you're trying to enter the market as the little guy.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
3vi1, I think you remember this:
New way to make money for companies. I think it's time we reviewed the way patents work. As it stands now, all these lawsuits are hindering progress, and only making lawyers rich.
Totally agree Gibbersome. Software patents should be thrown out completely, and hardware patents need some kind of peer-review test for obviousness.
Some of the development going on these days is new and groundbreaking. It costs money to conceptualize, nurture, and bring these ideas into reality. The patent system provides protection for this investment in time and money. It is a good system that is unfairly enforced.
Patent holders lurking in the weeds for years while others infringe is what I see as a problem. There should be a '1-Year Cap' on recovery from patent infringement. If you wait for several years just to increase your eventual payout before you call the other company on their actions, you should be laughed out of court. An infringed patent should be enforced immediately, if not sooner.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
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