Because Nokia And Apple Aren't In Enough Patent Lawsuits...

from the let's-add-some-more dept

Ah, the patent nuclear war in action. After Apple roundly destroyed Nokia's reputation as being the leading innovator when it came to smartphones, Nokia got petulant and sued Apple for patent infringement. In response, in typical patent nuclear war fashion, Apple turned around and sued Nokia back for patent infringement. Nokia's response? Find some more patents and sue again and also use the ITC loophole to get two shots at Apple with the same patents. And why stop there? Now that there's an iPad on the market, Nokia has sued Apple yet again for patent infringement. Isn't it great to see how two companies compete in the courtroom rather than the marketplace? Just like the creators of the patent system intended...
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Filed Under: ipad, patents
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 10 May 2010 @ 8:34am

    "Isn't it great to see how two companies compete in the courtroom rather than the marketplace?"

    You don't think that they are competing in the marketplace also? Nokia and Apple stopped selling their products, running ads, competing for business?

    From a Harvard Business Review article:

    ""Hundreds of thousands of groundbreaking innovations are sitting on the shelf literally waiting to be examined," he told an audience at a biotechnology industry conference this week. "[This results in] jobs not being created, life-saving drugs not going to the marketplace, companies not being funded, businesses not being formed."

    How many jobs are not being created because of the patent backlog?

    "Millions," said Kappos. Millions of jobs!

    A recent study put the costs of the "forgone innovation" resulting from patent delays in the many billions of dollars annually."

    Does the patent system need to be improved? Of course, but then again, our roads are in bad shape right now but I wouldn't suggest blowing them all up and going with something else.

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