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Apple has been named in a patent lawsuit by a poker and restaurant software developer who claims that Cupertino has infringed upon four of its patents in the recently released iOS 6 Passbook app. The plaintiff, Ameranth, is self-described as "a leading provider of wireless and Internet based solutions for the hospitality/gaming …

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That is quite funny.

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Karma is a bitch

See title.

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Re: Karma is a bitch

Yes, she is.

However I guess now we can expect to see more larger companies looking for patent reform.

Its really quite silly and the only ones making money are the law firms.

Can anyone show a software patent that holds water?

Sorry, but the courts erred on ever granting business process and software patents in the first place.

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Federal Circuit Appeals Court marks 30 years of spreading the "patent gospel."

The Reg is a far superior tech magazine, but there is one good article on this issue I found elsewhere, that people might like to checkout.

How a rogue appeals court wrecked the patent system

Federal Circuit Appeals Court marks 30 years of spreading the "patent gospel."

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/09/how-a-rogue-appeals-court-wrecked-the-patent-system/

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US Tech Industry ..

It's sad watching the US Tech Industry destroy itself through endless mutual litigation.

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Re: US Tech Industry ..

Unfortunately, the US Tech Industry seems hell-bent on dragging the rest of the world down with them.

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Re: US Tech Industry ..

Agreed, but at least it shows the rest of the world that software patents should be bannished, exiled and excommunicated from society.

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Not if MS & IBM can help it. See how they manipulated the New Zealand ip laws.

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What needs a good kicking are the standards for considering a piece of software patentable, plainly too many have been let through by people who seem to be woefully uneducated in software development or the IT industry in general. There's no reason that the patent system shouldn't work as well for software as it does for hardware, inventors and companies need some time to recoup the costs of genuine innovation.

Perhaps all software patents should be reviewed so that the more obvious clunkers can be slung out. If nothing else, it might make the patent troll a thing of the past...

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Ameranth is Plain Wrong; Apple has ...

every right to copy everyone else's original work. It is their rason d'etre and started with the corporate name and logo. A corporate policy.

They also copied the material used in their travel menu patent but none of the Res systems, or airlines, from whom it was copies, objected.

Only Apple is allowed to sue for triple damages ... it says so.

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Patent 6384850

So Ameranth have been granted a patent for the generation and display of a list of items and hierarchy of documents in a flowed fashion on a variety of devices a different screen resolutions? Seriously???

This has GOT to stop. This basically a description of the WWW. The only thing that makes this even remotely unique is the fact that their patent only applies to lists of food items. Insane

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I refer you...

I refer you to the response given in Arkell v. Pressdram (1971).

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You can see why they're suing, had you heard of Ameranth before reading this article? nope, well you do now. It's a great way of getting publicity.

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Only if they don't go bust paying their lawyers first.

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Tomorrow's headline..

"Apple patents internet - sues all internet users for infringement"

and the following day...

"Apple disappears up own arse"

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