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A day after the ITC gave Apple a small victory (I, II), it's giving one to Microsoft (MSFT) in...

A day after the ITC gave Apple a small victory (I, II), it's giving one to Microsoft (MSFT) in its dispute with Motorola Mobility (MMI - soon to be owned by GOOG), making an intial determination that Motorola's hardware "violated four claims of a Microsoft patent." Microsoft has struck licensing deals with many Android vendors (I, II), but Motorola, which has a large patent portfolio of its own, has chosen to fight back.
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  • mitrado
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    These patent wars are all so idiotic... It had to be something created by Americans. Only they can have such stupid ideas, from time to time. :-P


    In these times, I'm glad I'm a developer... working in Europe! :-)
    20 Dec 2011, 08:35 PM Reply Like
  • RyanDolan
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    I agree. I heard that one patent is for the idea of having curved edges on the iPhone. I mean, come on.
    21 Dec 2011, 12:02 AM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    Yeah, but that's not even the worst.


    At one point, Apple's patent application took some interesting side-twists. One of them appeared to be discussing something beyond just a book as it was describing actions more in tune with an interactive magazine. Examples included the ability to touch a word like "soccer" and have an interactive soccer game pop-up; or touching the word "AAPL" to pull up a stock quote; or touching the word weather and having a weather widget pop-up; or touching the name of a song and having a music app pop up and play a clip from that tune; or touching a "minus" or "divide" word (or symbol) could pull-up a calculator widget and it goes on through to even pulling up a TV program if a word is associated with that."


    This is completely ridiculous... :-/


    You might as well patent the whole concept of a Smartphone... and only one company in the world would be able to make them... but if everything was like that, wouldn't we be living in a world where every company in the world would be a monopoly?


    With these kinds of patents, we are in fact, blocking the whole concept of free markets and concurrent companies. Aren't we?
    21 Dec 2011, 06:09 AM Reply Like
  • RyanDolan
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    Bigtime... I agree. Or how about trying to patent the term "app" last year? If these companies would spend half the money and time they do trying to create IP where none exists, we'd all have hovercrafts by now. :p
    21 Dec 2011, 10:17 AM Reply Like
  • vlenk
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    The law is never about justice, it's about the law, and hopefully justice will prevail.
    21 Dec 2011, 09:41 PM Reply Like
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