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#31 mr_sock_00

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 16:00

Again, please explain why this is Apple's fault? Is what they're doing against the law? It may be ethically wrong, and obviously you don't agree with it, but any company can (and many do) play the same tactics. With the patent system how it is, if you don't patent your "method/process", somebody else will. I know we'll both agree that the patent system needs a massive overhaul.

But point being that none of this is Apple' fault. Every other big tech company does the same thing, but you don't hear about it because it seems only Apple is a "big deal" for whatever reason.


They are taking advantage of a broken system that deters other competitors to compete and innovate.
It's playing by the rules, yes. But the way they are competing and doing business is harmful for the industry.
Why not make better products to increase profits instead of getting it through litigation?


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 16:23

They are taking advantage of a broken system that deters other competitors to compete and innovate.
It's playing by the rules, yes. But the way they are competing and doing business is harmful for the industry.
Why not make better products to increase profits instead of getting it through litigation?


I agree. Just like any big corporation, it's all about the money, and not about the employees and especially not the competition.
And you can't really say they should make "better products". It's not like they are purposely putting out sub-par products. Plus they are doing better than anybody else in terms of sales and already have the best products according to a lot of people, so that's a moot point. The patent system does need a big overhaul so that the big companies can't rule the whole market like they do now.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 16:46

Wow ... so it means they can even sue WP7, WP8, or Win8 for 'moving image' to unlock the device too?
Whoever approves this patent is high on drug or something.

Nope.

Apple and Microsoft have a patent sharing agreement.. they both can do almost anything with eachothers patents aside from being in direct competition . that said, even when they are in competition, they let it slide.. there aren't many things where MS and Apple are slugging it out and where both sides are closely matched..

Also, it's not prior art unless it existed before the Patent was submitted.. not when it was granted..

As for Why Apple needed a 3rd patent ? Maybe they want to change their Slide to Unlock.. who knows.. regardless, if they submitted the patent before anyone else had done it, they are in the clear.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 17:18

I agree. Just like any big corporation, it's all about the money, and not about the employees and especially not the competition.
And you can't really say they should make "better products". It's not like they are purposely putting out sub-par products. Plus they are doing better than anybody else in terms of sales and already have the best products according to a lot of people, so that's a moot point. The patent system does need a big overhaul so that the big companies can't rule the whole market like they do now.


That was a general statement for any company in the industry. =)

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 23:15

The bigger question is how is apple continually able to get these patents awarded especially when there is prior art? Arent they supposed to research the patents being applied for before awarding them? Is the patent office on the take? Free ipads for everyone? They all just cant be dumb as a puddle of vomit, so how does this keep happening?


uh uh...probally this is the setup in the patent office.
No wonder...
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:52

I love how people heard the phrase Prior Art, and think they know what it means..

#37 Brian Miller

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:59

Software patents ruin software innovation and evolution.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:05

The bigger question is how is apple continually able to get these patents awarded especially when there is prior art? Arent they supposed to research the patents being applied for before awarding them? Is the patent office on the take? Free ipads for everyone? They all just cant be dumb as a puddle of vomit, so how does this keep happening?


Yes, you can tell there is some back room deal going on...
"...you scratch my back, I'll give your daughter a 1st Generation iPod Shuffle..."

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:53

The bigger question is how is apple continually able to get these patents awarded especially when there is prior art? Arent they supposed to research the patents being applied for before awarding them? Is the patent office on the take? Free ipads for everyone? They all just cant be dumb as a puddle of vomit, so how does this keep happening?




simple someone is getting very rich at the patent office

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:05

I love how people heard the phrase Prior Art, and think they know what it means..


Do us a favour, then, oh wise one.

Explain your understanding of 'Prior Art'