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    Hi all,

    FYI. See link.

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    August 16, 2011
    Taiwan's HTC Sues Apple Over Patents

    By REUTERS

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Smartphone maker HTC Corp sued Apple Inc, claiming infringement of three patents through Apple's sale of Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices.

    The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware seeks to halt Apple's importation and sale of infringing products in the United States. It also seeks compensatory damages, triple damages for willful infringement and other remedies.

    Tuesday's complaint escalates the legal battle between the companies. Apple has accused HTC of patent infringement through its smartphones, and filed several patent lawsuits against the Taiwan-based company in Delaware in the last two years.
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    From TLA:
    According to its complaint, HTC obtained the patents that it believes Apple is infringing in 2008 and 2010.
    Says it all really. How can a patent be said to protect the inventor when the inventor doesn't own the patent? Patents have become the new junk bonds, to be traded between companies in the hope they may make some money for someone (other than the lawyers, of course!). Will (are?) technology firms become hugely as overvalued as the banks were on the basis on the number of these things they own, rather than any real innovation they do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tirk View Post
    From TLA:

    Says it all really. How can a patent be said to protect the inventor when the inventor doesn't own the patent? Patents have become the new junk bonds, to be traded between companies in the hope they may make some money for someone (other than the lawyers, of course!). Will (are?) technology firms become hugely as overvalued as the banks were on the basis on the number of these things they own, rather than any real innovation they do?
    For me it make sense to obtain the patent. The inventor is the one that invents the product. He can sell it or just "lease" it. What most inventors did in the past before all these big corporations arise, was to sell the patents to investors and make a ton of money. How do you think known inventors like bell or tesla became reach? They didn't have the money to create something so they leased it.

    What doesn't makes sense is the way each invention is being patented. You can patent everything even the design which isn't a great invention in my opinion. Or you can even patent very general stuff and the guys in the patent office do not care to see if someone else has done that before or if the company has stolen this idea. THey just check their computer if someone else has patented this idea and that's it :P
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    Go get 'em!
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    Good for em! Somebody need to sue apple's pants off.

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    The whole patent system is broken and is not a level playing field. It's nearly impossible for the "little guy" to break in with something new and make money off of it. It's purposely stacked against anyone other than large companies. It's prohibitively expensive to file for a patent, and then it must be renewed at even higher rates after that. The idea is to prevent someone from hoarding patents. If you make a patent, you are expected to make money off of it (and QUICKLY), and therefore be able to afford the more expensive renewals. The whole system needs a revamp. I've had several ideas I want to patent, but it's just absolutely not feasible.
    Touchscreens are a fad.
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    Touchscreens are a fad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clevin View Post
    Good for em! Somebody need to sue apple's pants off.
    Are you a lawyer?

    Apple will win. They have, or can get, more patents and more lawyers.

    In the meantime products (from all manufacturers) don't get released for fear of damages, money gets diverted from R&D to lawyers (one again, at all manufacturers). So users lose.

    And when Apple (or whoever) finally wins, the cost of the damages goes on to the cost of the losing companies products.

    So be careful what you wish for, you will have to pay for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clevin View Post
    Good for em! Somebody need to sue apple's pants off.
    LOL. Apple gets sued almost daily.
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    You can patent everything even the design which isn't a great invention in my opinion.
    Wait! This is not so simple! The USA patents system is opened too much when compared with the rest of the world, but this is a long fight to explain here.

    Just to have some idea, many things that are patented in USA have no value and is not accepted in ROW, as "pinch zoom" patented by Apple, for example...


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