I believe that this is just a money making venture for high priced lawyers, etc. People have to give other people ideas & thus stems the flow of judgement. To be fair though Apple will try every thing possible to get some more money for itself, even though I think that apple does a lot of espionage itself & steals quite a few ideas off other companies, but somehow patents those ideas first.
I'd have to go along with you gazd1, with this article. I really believe that espionage happens quite often in the high tech world and will always be there. I can't see Apple giving up anything while they can make a whole lot of revenue for themselves in the future.
Apple's near total domination of patents scare me. I mean everywhere I go I see something for Apple. A smartphone, a tablet, a touch-screen interface, a user-interface, you name it. Samsungs intentions were well mannered in the fact that they had a design and used it to built the tablet but I have to admit, they do look somewhat similar; but that's not about how similar it looks... It's about how Apple can justify inventing the concept and how they can justify the reasoning that Samsung violated their patent.
Then again, with Apple's influence and legacy I'm guessing even items that even bear a slight resemblance to Apple products will get the shaft pretty quickly. He's right when patents are vague and a cash cow (since any company wanting to use their technology would have to license the technology from them.) but what one thing patents does well is protect the idea from any unauthorized competitors who might use claim the idea and make money off it. I think the patent process needs to be redesigned to keep the protection aspect while eliminating the money-grab portion of it.
Least Apple manages to get everything Samsung off the market.
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