DO NOT CARE. These companies are turning into squabbling children in a car on a long journey. After a bit, we will all shout, 'for gods sake shut up'.
The Australian court's ruling on Apple's injunction request against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country is now expected next week. Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett had made no promises on the decision but said she would try to get it out as soon as possible. However Friday passed in Australia with no word on her …
See title. Thank God there are still some journalists with a command of English out there. It's an odd port in the storm, but I'll put in at el Reg if you can avoid jarring journalistic gems like the headline, "Decapitated heads found in Mexico City" (the heads had their heads cut off?!), articles regularly using the phrases "could of" and "should of" rather than "could have" and "should have", and, as a non-style-but-still-egregious runner up, an article describing CFC-charged inhalers as releasing chemicals which "deplete the atmoshpere". Better stock up on canned air.
Oh, and to those who wish to point the inevitable spelling or grammar fault in this 1 a.m. BlackBerry post, as if it belies hypocrisy, I would like to point out that I'm an entrepreneur, Jim, not a writer. Writing professionally is a specialty, and not an easy one. If you aren't a writer by trade, hey, what's the odd confusion between head and body? But if you write for fucking CNN - get your house in order, people! For Chrissakes, where are your heads at?
... how a patent lasting 20 years granted to one of the world's biggest companies fosters competition and innovation again?
Where a company isn't going to license its tech to other people on reasonable terms and is clearly a dominant market leader, where is the benefit on continuing their monopoly for 20 years... especially on things like process and software (where the implementation is covered separately by copyright anyway)?
Original copyrights (something to do with Queen Anne from memory in the UK) lasted somewhere in the order of 12 years from what I understand. Now we have life of author + whatever extension to the Mickey Mouse Act happens in the US and, it follows, companies with copyright treaties with the US...
IP (intellectual property) rules need to be rebalanced to reflect the quickening pace of development and the monopolies currently exploiting the system for all its worth.
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