IPCom's $2B Lawsuit Against Apple Dismissed
Part of Research and Development.
However, part of research and development, is to research if an idea has already been patented. The patent department is already overloaded with technology patent applications on a daily basis. Myself, like others often claim we like our ideas and should patent it. But, we often never ask ourselves if it has actually been patented before. Big tech companies such Apple, Google, Microsoft etc, should be using the research part of this department to investigate its own ideas. This saves time and money that usually gets pushed onto the customer. Apple should have had the chance to purchase the patent from the patent holder instead of just going ahead and implementing such technology. This goes for ANYONE. Imagine if a small company came up with an idea, provided an embodiment and actually implemented the idea only to be sued by a larger company that holds the patent. The small company would possibly be closed down due to the legal expenditures. No one should purchase and hold patents without reason. However, if a company is claiming that they are spending millions and millions on R&D, I would think that the I's should be dotted and the T's are crossed before ever having to go to court.
I'm tired of paying for litgation in this industry. The costs and pricing of all the products and services are commenced by market finances that include the current trend of court proceedings.
- Re: Part of Research and Development. by DarkStar