Re: Gotta love Apple.
Ok lets flip this (being devils advocate here)
I am Mr Fred Smith, I have a designed Cold Fusion system. It will cost £1 million to make the 1st one. Being sensible, I've set a patent in place.
Now Pear Industries are sniffing around and start to copy my idea. They have £1 billion in the bank and an army of lawyers.
They are offering me £50 for the patent.
Patent Trolls Inc are offering me £100 million for the patent so they can profit from licensing it onwards. They also have a huge cash flow and a team if lawyers.
a) try and fight Pear industries, knowing it will bankrupt me and I'll end up with nothing.
b) Sell to Patent trolls inc?
Why should I lose out?
I believe it should be reformed, but it's not as black and white as Apple make out (and don't think it's for our benefit). Be careful what you wish for,
The much "hated" MPEG-LA are a perfect example. They make NOTHING, but the dozens of companies it licenses on behalf of certainly do and invest a huge a lot of money in the technologies,
Just be careful what you wish for.