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While Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft complain about the use of standards-essential patents in the...

While Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft complain about the use of standards-essential patents in the countersuits filed by Google (GOOG) and its Android partners, Google is now arguing some of Apple's software patents should be shared due to the widespread use of the technologies they cover. Meanwhile, Apple and Google are both appealing lawsuit dismissals from renowned U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner, who has been arguing software patents may do more harm than good.
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  • Spock1234
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    Is Google out of its freaking mind? What the hell are Sergey and Larry thinking? By their logic, the dominance and popularity of Google Search should make their search algorithms commercially-essential intellectual property. Let Google offer up this information to the rest of the world for free before asking for Apple's patents.
    23 Jul 2012, 12:31 AM Reply Like
  • harrystc
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    Judge Posner is a polemicist for his theories of economics. Any case that has a milded aroma of economics he uses as his bully pulpit to promote his ideology, which was avant garde in the 1990's but is an anachronism today. He does not apply the law to the facts, but his economic theories to the facts as he cares to.


    He once "adopted" a gorilla at Brookfield Zoo and was astounded to fine out that he shared his gorilla with hundreds of other people. His economic theory needed some shoring up after that. That gives one some sense of his enormous lack of understanding of practicality.
    23 Jul 2012, 01:55 AM Reply Like
  • rickraphael
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    If you have anything more than a passing interest in the patent wars you should read both letters in full:


    Google's letter, which predates Apple's by a week, is a confusing convoluted "kitchen sink" compilation of all Google's grievances. It is difficult if not impossible to follow. Apple, in reply, sticks to a couple of simple arguments, foremost of which is that competition in smart phones is based on "nonstandardized, product-differentiating technologies that drives the current marketplace and benefits consumers. And it is this competition that is threatened by abusive use of FRAND patents." For Google to imagine that Apple's proprietary technologies will ever be available to it is the height of lunacy.


    Posner made a good ruling on FRAND but he is not an expert in patent issues. The Federal Circuit Court is quite patent friendly and we may see some reversals of other parts of his decision.
    23 Jul 2012, 07:52 AM Reply Like
  • Odin.
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    Google's position is comical: we copy Apple's innovations, spread it across the industry, then claim that they are so great and are all over the place, so Apple should share what we stole and deseminated... Huh? There should be a fine for wasting court time for ridiculous arguments...
    23 Jul 2012, 04:39 PM Reply Like
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