Brando212, on 28 December 2012 - 18:56, said:
technicalities, in normal world speak that would be called "making excuses"
Sure, it is making excuses, except for the part where I agree with you
. I think Apple should be held accountable for anti-competitive practices of filing obvious and vague patents and litigating to maintain an unfair advantage rather than competing based on the advantages of the product. At the same time however, all these things are perfectly within the law. If anyone is primarily to blame, it's the patent offices for approving these patents.
It's not like the EU are in bed with Apple. The EU has pressured Apple into clarifying that they offer a free 2 year warranty inside the EU, and the UK have forced them to publicly apologise to Samsung for bringing a smear campaign against them. They never get fined though because they comply with EU orders.
What Samsung are accused to have done wrong is use standards essential patents to try and force Apple out of the market. Standards essential patents are required to be available under Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory
terms. If they're found not to have done this, they're deservedly in a world of hurt. Apple (nor anyone else) are required to do this for non standard essential patents. Like I said, it's a technicality (personally I think it should be a requirement that any patented technology should be available under FRAND terms), but they're within the confines of the law.