Oddly the leaders at Apple are making repeated moves that scream of complete desperation despite being possibly the most bankable company on the planet. Strange scenario that is not only stifling every technology firm but is bloating Apple from the top down, some changes need to happen, once the giant starts rolling it will not stop.
Motorola Mobility (MMI) lost another round in its ongoing patent war with Apple when a German court ruled in Cupertino's favor in a photo-management patent case – but they're putting their best face on the setback. "Today's ruling in Munich, Germany on the patent litigation brought by Apple concerns a software feature …
Friday 2nd March 2012 06:42 GMT Anonymous Coward
Friday 2nd March 2012 10:25 GMT Lord Elpuss
Gotta agree with AC on this. Every time there's an 'Apple vs. X' article on the Reg, there's always some blowhard in the Comments saying that "Apple reek of desperation" and "Their time is coming, just you wait", or "See, this PROVES that Apple is on the ropes and ready to cave", whereas back in the real world, Apple is anything but desperate.
Bullying and antagonistic maybe, but desperate? Not a chance.
Friday 2nd March 2012 03:14 GMT M Gale
Friday 2nd March 2012 03:32 GMT Neoc
...when patents were about ways of implementing ideas, not about the ideas themselves. Which is why the first ball-point pen was kept under wraps for so long while its inventor patented every single method he could think of to make one.
Now, you don't even have to show that my ideas are do-able; you just need to put a patent on some off-the wall concept which you have no way of implementing and simply sue whoever actually comes up with a way to make it work in the future.
Friday 2nd March 2012 10:27 GMT Lord Elpuss
"Now, you don't even have to show that my ideas are do-able; you just need to put a patent on some off-the wall concept which you have no way of implementing and simply sue whoever actually comes up with a way to make it work in the future."
Soooo... kind of like your ballpoint pen inventor then who patented every single way of manufacturing it whilst only making one version himself?
Friday 2nd March 2012 11:10 GMT Anonymous Coward
no...because if someone came up with a DIFFERENT method to make it work he couldn't sue...
I personally dont think the 'look & feel' of something should be patentable, YES copyright a design.. So you can stop copies of your device being made..
Patents should patent inventions, ways to do things, not the thing itself...
Imagine if no one could build a vacuum cleaner except Hoover because they patented sucking up dirt with a vacuum...
Obviously that is NOT a patentable idea. BUT the method of sucking up can be patented.. I.E. Dyson an their cyclonic cleaners, it still did not stop alternates coming out with bag less cleaners.
In short, patents good when protecting inventors, bad when stifling innovation...
Monday 5th March 2012 21:47 GMT Michael Wojcik
Every Reg article on patents
A court in [jurisdiction which does not include most Reg readers] has decided [in favor of / against] Apple, in a case regarding a patent for [completely obvious technique / design], against [antagonist of the week].
Habitual patent-botherer Florian Mueller says [something unremarkable, which we'll quote because we can't think of anything better].
The Apple Metatron emitted this announcement: [something vapid and self-aggrandizing]. Spokesweasels for [antagonist] said [nothing more substantial, though often more bathetic].
Florian Mueller, whom we continue to quote in order to keep the word count up, [made a highly dubious pronouncement or prediction].
The Reg predicts this will all continue essentially unchanged until the heat death of the universe.
There, I've saved you all the trouble of reading these in the future. I'd do the comments, but it's too depressing.