If The Trade Press Can't Get This Right… Copyright And Patents Are Different
from the come-on,-guys dept
It’s understandable that not everyone gets the difference between various types of intellectual property. It’s pretty common to see people confuse copyrights, patents and trademarks. However, you don’t expect to see it in a technology trade publication where both the writer and the editor should obviously know better. However, PCWorld has a story up about Sony’s ongoing patent lawsuit with haptics firm Immersion. However, throughout the article (and even in the headline), it’s referred to as a “copyright” dispute. The article even specifically says: “Immersion sued Microsoft and Sony for violating its copyright on handheld game controls.” There are plenty of important issues to be discussed concerning intellectual property and how it impacts innovation and the technology world. Having respected news sources confusing matters by making such simple mistakes doesn’t help.