Patents

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
lawsuits, patents

Companies:
apple, mobilemedia, nokia, sony



Live By The Patent, Die By The Patent: Apple Loses Patent Lawsuit Over Sony & Nokia Patents

from the but-of-course dept

We've argued before that it often seems that operating companies that decide to go down the path of suing others for patent infringement are really just opening themselves up to being hit with similar patent lawsuits themselves. It's a complete waste of time and money (all of which could be going towards actual innovation). With Apple launching patent nuclear wars all over the place, now it's been getting hit back with suits from others. The latest is that Apple has lost a patent dispute with MobileMedia, a company that Sony and Nokia dumped some patents into for the sake of shaking down getting "licensing" revenue from other companies. The whole thing is silly, and Apple, Sony, Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Microsoft and everyone else would be better served by not having to fight off all these silly lawsuits, but by being focused on making better products and competing in the marketplace.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Dec 2012 @ 1:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nokia

    Uh, just fyi, Google "sanctioned" devices are labeled as such and usually have the Play Store on them. Only officially approved devices have access to things like Gmail and the Play Store.

    Those KIRF-like devices CANNOT be compared to proper Google (Nexus) or Android (Samsung, HTC, etc) devices. The differences, beyond merely price, are astoundingly large to even the most inept and tech illiterate consumers.

    Also, those devices you speak of aren't knock-offs. Android is open for anyone to use, it is only when you want access to Google services and frameworks that the device must meet specific criteria.

    In addition to that, most people would not be turned away to iOS devices due to a Chinese knock off. People know that KIRFs are just that, KIRFs (hence the insanely low, it might as well be stolen, prices). If they want low priced Android devices they know they have to make some trade-offs. Either in KIRFs, build quality, specs, etc. But they knowingly decide for themselves what is acceptable and what isn't.

    You're grabbing at straws to take a shot at Android about knockoffs. And you wonder why people label you what they do. [points at your response] Filled with strawmen, incorrect and not even remotely accurate information, etc. It's interesting. I read your comments and when it comes to Apple it's like you desperately to the point of obsessively go out of your way to find out anything and everything that can help you defend Apple, mention Google or Android though and it's almost like you make stuff up just to insult it. Heck, even non-techies I know don't state half the incorrect things you do about Android/Google. (I say all this while typing on my Macbook. Because we all know that if you even remotely defend Google or point out your misrepresentation of them or Android then you must be a Google fan/troll in Wally's eyes.)

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