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Re: [News] Dirty Apple Exploits, Then Threatens FOSS with Patents

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____/ George Barca on Friday 23 January 2009 17:35 : \____

> On Fri, 23 Jan 2009 04:42:55 +0000, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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>>Apple Hints at Legal Action Against Palm
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>>| Remember when Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, and held it up in the air,
>>| proudly proclaiming "Boy, have we patented it", followed by a massive
>>| applause of the adoring audience? It may seem like this wasn't just an
>>| empty claim, either. During the earnings conference call yesterday, the
>>| company hinted at possible legal action against Palm were the Pre to
>>| infringe on iPhone patents.
> I suppose it would depend upon what they patented. I have no
> qualms with protecting inventions. Why should Apple do all the
> expensive R&D only to have Palm or some other company steal it
> and by virtue of that offer a competing product for less money?
> "When Tim Cook, Apple's CEO while Steve Jobs is recovering from
> his health issues, was asked about competitors to the iPhone,
> such as Android and the Palm Pre, Cook replied "We like
> competition, as long as they don't rip off our [intellectual
> property], and if they do, we're going to go after anyone who

They can't easily disregard their inspiration. Designs are typically
inspirations and Palm's handheld go a long way back (before the iPhone but not
the Newton).

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