Patents. They are very tricky little things. Every company has a bazillion of them an sometimes, they are the dumbest things you could see.
I don’t like how companies take advantages of these things especially today. Imagine when my surprise when I look up the news to see Apple suing HTC!
Apple is suing for not one, not two but 20 patent infringments. A statement from Steve Jobs is as follows:
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
The question now is: What patents could HTC possibly have infringed on??
Excuse for my language, but I am calling Bullshit on this. This lawsuit actually caught HTC by surprise:
HTC: We only learned of Apple’s actions based on your stories and Apple’s press release. We have not been served any papers yet so we are in no position to comment on the claims. We respect and value patent rights but we are committed to defending our own innovations. We have been innovating and patenting our own technology for 13 years.
Many seem to think that the only reason Apple is doing this is to get back at Google. Most Android devices are actually manufactured by HTC. Apple is seeking an injunction whereby HTC will have to importing and selling here in the US.
Unbelievable if you ask me. You might recall that Nokia is actually doing the same thing to Apple for infringing on some of their patents.
What a merry go round!
This is why I hate patents and the way they are used. Most of the patents are very vague and broad and not specific enough. Corporations have been suing each other for ages because of patent infringments. I’m all for protecting intellectual property but this just makes no sense especially when your patent is vague. Check out the Apple patents i’m talking about (its a long read):
The ‘331 Patent, entitled “Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States.
The ‘949 Patent, entitled “Touch Screen Device, Method, And Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics.
The ‘849 Patent, entitled “Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image.
The ‘381 Patent, entitled “List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display.
The ‘726 Patent, entitled “System And Method For Managing Power Conditions Within A Digital Camera Device.
The ‘076 Patent, entitled “Automated Response To And Sensing Of User Activity In Portable Devices.
The ‘105 Patent, entitled “GMSK Signal Processors For Improved Communications Capacity And Quality.
The ‘453 Patent, entitled “Conserving Power By Reducing Voltage Supplied To An Instruction-Processing Portion Of A Processor.
The ‘599 Patent, entitled “Object-Oriented Graphic System.
The ‘354 Patent, entitled “Object-Oriented Event Notification System With Listener Registration Of Both Interests And Methods.
This to me is a broader issue which is concerned with the problem with law in this country. The US Patent Office needs to have companies and individuals file patents with a less broader definition. From the above patents, I don’t see why Apple is suing everybody else.
It’s a bad problem. It needs to be fixed.