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Mar
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Apple’s patents

In case you haven’t heard about Apple’s recent suit of HTC, allow me to enlighten you. Apple is claiming HTC infringed on it’s patents. Well, yea, when you have a patent on “unlocking a phone with a touch-interface graphic icon.” But why go after HTC? They just make the hardware to run a specific OS (in this case, a Windows or Google OS). If you want to see the list of all those little “patents” HTC infringed upon, have a read. What’s more ironic is that this is the hardware manufacturer and it’s the software that is infringing on the patents. Why isn’t Apple filing a lawsuit against Google?

Apple, the other evil software company.

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3 Responses to “Apple’s patents”


  1. March 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Ah, business! Truth and wisdom are apparently not viable commodities.

  2. 2 Pliny-the-in-Between
    March 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    One more great idea corrupted by greed. The original notion of patents was the exact opposite of how they are used today. They were intended to promote the free exchange and cross pollination of ideas by providing inventors with a means to benefit from subsequent iterations of their invention. Today they are used by big companies to block competition. The majority of filed patents today are nonsensical- like the one cited. Because of the backlog of BS claims in the patent office it took us 3 extra years to be granted our original patents for our AI systems. Overloaded and under trained, current examiners do rapid cursory exams and automatically reject a lot of patents just to clear the desk. The cost of patent filing for small companies has gone through the roof (essentially 3x 5 years ago) since many more cycles are required for a patent to be granted.

    As for the Apple issue, the OS and processor on the iPhone is problematic for those of us trying to construct smart phone applications. Memory leaks, slow processors and the original design where all apps shut off when a call comes in are all flaws to a designer of medical applications. I do like the graphic interface of the Apple apps more than Android, but other considerations probably will carry the day.

    Not a particular fan of Google but their smart phone platform is a version of JAVA just like our core systems. Small companies have to weigh the ‘cache’ of the iPhone/iPodtouch with the costs and challenges of writing a separate version of your program in Objective-C. I doubt many will take the plunge now that Android is available.

  3. 3 jaredcormier
    March 9, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I like the idea of being able to patent inventions, but patenting the way someone interacts with a device seems kind of, I don’t know, like patent infringement fishing. I avoid Apple products, the only reason I have an iPod is because they were the only MP3 players around when I got it. They’re still the best in terms of size vs. storage capacity, but my next MP3 player will (hopefully) be an Android phone if AT&T ever starts carrying them.


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