Apple & Samsung's Patent Nuclear War: 50 Lawsuits In 10 Countries In 1 Year
from the wasted-money dept
Of all the big patent fights going on these days over mobile phones/tablets, the highest profile has almost certainly been the battle between Apple and Samsung. But, in case you haven't been paying attention to all the lawsuits flying back and forth, in the past year it appears that there have been at least 50 lawsuits filed in ten countries around the world -- in just over a year. And to think, all of that money could have been spent on actually innovating. What a waste. Apple's Tim Cook is apparently claiming that he'd prefer to settle -- and the two sides are getting together in a few weeks to see what they can work out -- but also said:
"But it's important that Apple not become the developer for the world. We need people to invent their own stuff."That's nice... but it ignores the fact that nearly every cool thing in the iPhone wasn't invented by Apple. Instead, Apple just did a nice job putting it together and bringing it to the market in a shiny package. We shouldn't deny how important that step is -- it's really much more important than most people are willing to admit. But, it's a shame that Cook would then go around repeating the myth that Apple "invented" the features that made the iPhone and iPad so popular. To complain that others need to "invent their own stuff" ignores how little of its own "stuff" Apple actually "invented."