Airbus wants to patent the most uncomfortable plane seats ever | The Washington Post
Lying Google bastards | The Loop
No One Said Following Is Easy | Daring Fireball
Yes, this move by Samsung against Apple was a tactical one in a nasty battle in which billions of dollars are at stake. Yes, it’s just business. But it’s ill-conceived. Even leaving aside the ethics of asserting a patent against a feature designed to help the blind, this is unwise. It’s the PR equivalent of punching yourself in the face. Samsung has now identified itself as a company willing to accept the loss of accessibility for the vision-impaired as collateral damage in its battle with Apple. It has made a big public move to make it more difficult for the blind to use computers.
I still believe it’s the wrong thing to assert an accessibility-related patent in a dispute like this one. Samsung didn’t assert this German patent in an effort to protect its investment in accessibility. It elected to use an accessibility-related patent as a tactical weapon. Patent protection and enforcement can be justified in certain scenarios. For example, if there are two companies competing in the market for hearing aids, it’s generally legitimate for them to assert accessibility-related patents against each other. I would also support the idea of accessibility patent enforcement in cases of willful infringement, and if Samsung had only requested monetary compensation in this action, it would have made a much better choice than by trying to achieve, through the pursuit of an injunction, the deactivation or (more realistically) degradation of the voiceover functionality Apple provides to its German customers.
Asshole Samsung | The Loop
Maybe Samsung can find features that help people with other disabilities to attack next.
The internet was abuzz yesterday with reports that Apple’s infamous “bounce-back” patent, US 7,469,381, was “tentatively invalidated” by the US Patent Office. That’s one of the patents Samsung was found to infringe, and any action by the USPTO will have major consequences. Unfortunately, all those reports were extremely premature —patents can’t be “tentatively invalid,” just like people can’t be “tentatively dead.”
More on “the Steve Jobs patent” | The Loop
‘No iPhone without Samsung patents‘ | The Korea Times
The chief executive of Samsung Electronics has expressed confidence about the ongoing patent battle with Apple, saying that no smartpohone can exist without patents from Korea’s technology giants.
“The truth never lies. Without Samsung-owned wireless patents, it’s impossible for the Cupertino-based Apple to produce its handsets,” said Samsung’s mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun.
No iPhone without Samsung’s wireless patents | The Loop
This is going to be a long battle.
Apple and Samsung are the only two companies making serious profits in mobile, and mobile is the future of all personal computing. The stakes simply could not be higher — of course they’re going to sue the shit out of each other.
久しぶりに日本発アップルニュース — でも、アメリカの裁判とどう違うの？
スマホ・ＰＣ間の同期技術、アップル特許の構成要件外 | 日本経済新聞
サムスンが勝訴、アップルの特許侵害せず＝東京地裁 | Reuters
Tokyo court: Samsung didn’t infringe Apple patent | USATODAY.com [AP]
Apple vs. Samsung: The Longer View | Businessweek
Oracle has filed a legal complaint against Lodsys — the company that’s taken aim at app makers on Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and other technology platforms for infringing on its patents — with the hopes of invalidating them.
Oracle sues patent troll Lodsys | The Loop
パテント・トロールに腰を上げたアップル | maclalala2
The only way one can get a deal with Apple that relates to all of its patents is a cross-license. However, Samsung is, on the current basis, rather unlikely to win injunctions against Apple. It may not obtain any at all, or just some that don’t have enough strategic impact to force Apple into an all-encompassing cross-license agreement.
It’s not surprising that Samsung pursues a multi-platform strategy. However, without a backer with a powerful patent portfolio behind them, any other platforms may also draw Apple’s ire at some point, though Apple’s enforcement activities are exclusively focused on Android so far.
‘Thicket of patents’ | The Loop
Apple to Samsung during negotiations.