Mark Cuban has taken to Twitter to chastise the U.S. patent system in wake of the verdict in the Apple v. Samsung trial late last week. Cuban used his account on the social networking site to respond to the trial by criticizing Apple's lawsuit and its decision to sue Samsung.
In his tweets, Cuban began by criticizing Apple's decision to sue Samsung while noting he was an Apple customer himself. Cuban then went on to imply that Apple has a history of copying other companies, such as Xerox. Samsung's interface similarities in its Android products compared to Apple's iOS interface were, of course, at the heart of the two companies' recent lawsuit.
Thx Apple,it's now mandatory for big tech companies to sue each other. Prices go up while competition and innovation suffer— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) August 24, 2012
Dear Apple,what do you really accomplish with all of these patent lawsuits?Signed a former customer.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) August 24, 2012
Dear Apple, Xerox PARC called, they want their interface back..— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) August 25, 2012
Following these statements, Cuban went on to chastise the current U.S. patent system, implying it's created an environment where only slightly original interfaces and designs can be patented, unlike previous decades. Shortly thereafter, Cuban left Apple with a slight parting shot for its use of the patent system.
If the IBM PC was created in this patent environment there would be no Apple.They would have sued them out of existence.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) August 25, 2012
Obviously APPL didnt invent Patent Infringement Suits, but they are certainly doing what APPL does and trying to perfect it— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) August 25, 2012
Cuban had also responded to other Twitter users who disagreed with his stance on the lawsuit, but those tweets appear to have been removed from his profile.
While Cuban is best known as the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, he’s also an entrepreneur who made his fortune selling dot-com startup Broadcast.com to Yahoo! for approximately $5.7 billion in 1999. Additionally, Cuban invests in many technology-centric startups and is the founder and owner of AXS TV (formerly known as HDNet).
Source: Mark Cuban (Twitter)