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Technology and the broken patent system [Apple v. HTC]

Farhad Manjoo over at Slate has a great article on the issue.

A sample of it:

With this lawsuit, Apple is standing in the way of [the] future.

It's a dangerous strategy. Patent lawsuits take years to wind through the courts, but when this one is finished, no good will have come from it. Apple's move is terrible for consumers and businesses that rely on smartphones, it's bad for mobile-software developers, and it's obviously not great for Apple's competitors. The suit can't do much to help Apple, either, especially if it sparks an industrywide patent war. Apple's competitors also hold a wide portfolio of mobile-device patents, and I'm sure that they all have their legal departments working overtime to search for any claims that the iPhone and iPad might be violating. Apple's move thus casts a cloud of uncertainty over the entire industry: Should you buy an Android phone or build apps for the Palm OS if a judge might one day declare those systems illegal?

Read the whole thing here:

http://www.slate.com/id/2246902/


Comments

Actually, having those companies bleed each other in legal suits could actually be a good thing. It's a proper punishment for their stupid lobby for stronger patent protection, plus it will shut them up the next time somebody talks about reforming the patent system*.

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