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Patients were made to protect property and ideas...

WhySoBluePandaBear

Jul 11, 2012, 6:15 PM
But what this has come to is just frivolous lawsuits - used to put pressure on others to fork over money, for literally nothing.

If only you could obtain a patient for having devices power on by battery.....

You see where I'm getting at. Where do we draw the line - and why is Apple so malicious?
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Tofuchong

Jul 11, 2012, 6:58 PM
They are so malicious becuase they only have one single damn product ! And it's not even that great !

Not that their computers are even worth half of what they cost, the iPhone is really their only product, and I'm sure they will do whatever they can to protect it and it's identity.

This is totally uncalled for, though. Apple is ruining this for everybody else, they are running up prices with these frivolous lawsuits, getting NOTHING acomplished.

Honestly, I really used to like apple and their products, I really did. But I will never, ever, ever again spend a single cent on any product made by apple. I'm thinking of selling my iPod and picking up a Samsung Galaxy Player, too. It's just not worth it to support that kind of compa...
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netboy

Jul 11, 2012, 9:45 PM
does forcing Samsung to remove that search function make people buy idiotPhone instead?
no! they just like to screw people!
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HawkeyeOC

Jul 11, 2012, 9:59 PM
netboy said:
does forcing Samsung to remove that search function make people buy idiotPhone instead?
no! they just like to screw people!


You would feel very different if you were the one that owned the patent. In fact if you were the individual that owned the patent and spent your life savings developing it only to have another take it...you would be doing the same thing apple is doing.
An individual almost shut down RIM in its prime a few years ago for a patent violation...its all a good thing
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srich27

Jul 12, 2012, 7:28 AM
Guess what? Apple didn't "invent", and they sure as hell didn't "spend their life savings" developing their unique approach to searching all areas of memory on a phone. Nor did Google (or anyone else) "steal" their unique approach to that problem. Google (and everyone else who has a similar search feature) spent time and money developing THEIR OWN unique approach to that feature.

Universal search is not, in itself, a unique idea. Apple was not the first to implement it. They are, however, the first and only to decide not only to patent a unique approach to an idea, but to a general idea altogether so that they can sue competition rather than, you know, compete.

Not to mention the irony of suing a SEARCH ENGINE company for building...
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Andras888

Jul 12, 2012, 7:52 AM
They should not issue patents for stupid stuff like searching in two places, instead of one. How come the car companies are not suing each other, yet the cars look more and more like each other. The phones, like the cars, should benefit from what works, the wisdom of the community. And then the consumers and manufacturers benefit too.
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srich27

Jul 12, 2012, 8:58 AM
Exactly. Patenting a specific method or algorithm to do the search would be one thing, but not patenting the IDEA of searching in multiple places at once.
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JBlaze74

Jul 12, 2012, 10:21 AM
And that's the real issue at this point, and one of the reasons that Apple is currently in the middle of 60% of patent litigation in the industry. Apple, IMHO, employs as many lawyers as engineers. Half of those lawyers are probably tasked with writing patents. The US Patent Office, among other agencies, have allowed far too many patents through with broad sweeping language that covers more than just the device, method, program, etc. that is meant to be protected. This is how we get to where we are now. I blame the lawyers, no matter who their employers are. They are currently abusing the system and creating turmoil. I would honestly expect these issues to conitnue until the laws governing patent submission and approval are reformed.
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Tofuchong

Jul 12, 2012, 12:52 PM
NOBODY would spend their entire life or life savings developing a patent for a SEARCH BAR. Your argument is ridiculous and totally invalid.
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Haggard

Jul 12, 2012, 1:12 PM
Apple applied for it, it got approved. Steve told everyone the phone would be heavily patented when it was originally announced. It's not up to Apple if they get it approved or not. You complaining is invalid because you're pointing your finger at the wrong people, point it at the Patent Office that grants the patents.
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T Bone

Jul 12, 2012, 4:30 PM
A patent on an obvious feature put in the most obvious place is not a patent that should be granted....

Now, if Apple had a special, non-obvious algorithm that performed searches, that might be something that could be patented, but just claiming a patent on the idea of allowing searches from the home screen (i.e the most convenient and most obvious place to put a search function)?

Are you really going to defend the legitimacy of that patent?
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Tofuchong

Jul 12, 2012, 6:48 PM
Nobody should defent that patent, it isn't legitimate, and I don't need a committee to know that, either.

It doesnt seem so out of hand because this is a new thing, but imagine if this kind of patenting applied to more than just the cellular industry ?

You'd get people Patenting a Car's wheel location. People patenting just about anything anywhere, and this will happen. reform is definately required.
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T Bone

Jul 12, 2012, 10:21 PM
As I've noted before, the PC version of this would be Microsoft claiming a patent on putting the search function under the menu button....
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Fredd

Jul 12, 2012, 8:42 AM
Sorry, but the epic fail of your use of the word "patients" instead of "patents" makes any point you make seem foolish to begin with.
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Haggard

Jul 12, 2012, 10:07 AM
I'm still trying to wrap my head around how one could obtain a "patient" for powering devices by a battery.
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