Litigation Schmitigation: Apple Doing Well In The Courts

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News Posted: Wed, Oct 19 2011 12:29 AM
Although the patent wars between Apple and its various competitors sometimes seems to border on the ridiculous with an endless stream of suits and counter-suits, one trend is emerging: Apple has been winning lately.

Most recently, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Apple in HTC’s suit against Apple for allegedly violating four patents. (Of course, HTC will appeal the ruling.)

This follows a Hague ruling that shot down Samsung’s suit against Apple for violating patents and a ruling in Australia that banned Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in that country because of Apple’s litigation.

Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as the Samsung and Apple faced off in a California court last week. Samsung has also filed suit to attempt to block iPhone 4 sales in Japan and Australia.

Further down the rabbit hole we go. Imagine if these tech juggernauts could spend all that money fighting each other in court on R&D instead.
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gazd1 replied on Wed, Oct 19 2011 11:25 AM

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.

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gloriad1 replied on Wed, Oct 19 2011 11:29 AM

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.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Oct 20 2011 6:35 PM

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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