Apple has been sued by a small Texas firm for patent infringement related to how it tags, stores, and assembles video content in its consumer-level video-editing app, iMovie. The patent in question, US Patent No. 5,684,514, "Apparatus and method for assembling content addressable video," was filed in May 1994 and granted in …
will this insanity end.
When a lawyer and a patent troll are hanging at every crossroad.
Are there enough crossroads???
More importantly, who owns the patent for crossroads?
That's not going to happen, somebody's bound to have a patent on "method for suspending a legal professional from a supporting structure at the intersection of two or more transit conduits".
Apple are strong crusaders when it comes to intellectual property. I'm sure they'll do the right thing.
Re: It's OK
If they prove to be entertaining and halfway "competent" the lawyers will be bought out and added to the front line of the Apple <--> Sammy war.. ;)
Re: It's OK
"If they prove to be entertaining and halfway "competent" the lawyers will be bought out and added to the front line of the Apple <--> Sammy war.. ;)"
If Apple suspected for one moment that Samsung might also be infringing the same IP, they'd probably buy the company rather than just the company's law firm.
who stole the filing cabinet from under my nose?
These patents were intended for machinery.
When that same machine can be changed daily new patents are just a side swipe away.
It is moronic.
Re: who stole the filing cabinet from under my nose?
new patents are just a side swipe away ...
So long as it's not a side swipe to unlock, you'll be fine.
Apple-stealing IP? Hard to believe NOT!
This continuing abuse of the public by the US P.O. has to stop - it's more damaging than most anything.
Patents should have a limited life of 5 years and only extended if the patent owner can demonstrate a good reason.
Patent holders should be required to produce a viable patent that is used in production within two years of filing, otherwise they lose it and it becomes prior art.
Re: Apple-stealing IP? Hard to believe NOT!
"more damaging than most anything"? It's "more damaging" than armed conflict? Than the anti-vaccination movement? Than lack of access to clean water and safe heating and lighting for millions of people around the world? Than unchecked hyperbole?
The USPTO does not make the laws regarding patents.
If only manufacturers can hold patents, then you've forced small inventors out. You've also made it impossible to capitalize patents, which is the main source of collateral for funding innovation outside of large, established companies and scientific grants to universities - and in the latter case, captialization is a major source of recouping research costs and funding further research. Good job!
(Honestly, this topic seems particularly effective at bringing out the dumbest ideas from the Reg readership, regardless of how often people point out how dumb those ideas are.)
Regarding Patent Harbor ..
"I spoke to a woman on this same floor who says that hardly ever is someone there. She said they rent the office but no one is ever there except on rare occasions. When people do show up it is a big throng of people and has the feel of a Hollywood movie." ref
I wonder if the unnamed complaintant
is a front for Samsung?
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