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[News] Apple Sued for Patent Infringement (iPhone Under Attack)

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Apple Sued For Patent Infringement Because Others Have Turned iPhone Into Ebook

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| Despite Steve Jobs' proud promotion of the 200 patents Apple has around the 
| iPhone, there's been no shortage of patent infringement lawsuits filed 
| against the company.   



Apple Withholds Patent From Widget Standard

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| It's way too common these days. The latest to do this appears to be Apple,
| who withheld a key patent on technology for online "widgets", which has
| recently been standardized. The standard was set by the W3C, who asked for
| companies to commit their patents royalty-free in order to move the standard
| forward so that everyone could benefit. Instead, Apple held out a key patent,
| and can now start demanding people pay up.


Apple's View On Patents Then And Now

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| For all the talk among patent system defenders about how patents are most
| necessary for young startup companies that need to grow, most tech startups
| couldn't care much less about patents (other than as a bogus currency to
| increase their valuation in talking to VCs). Startups are focused on actually
| building a product and getting it out to the market. Instead, what we see
| time and time again is that it's the big, more established companies that use
| patents to stifle startups, rather than the other way around. Startups
| innovate, while big companies litigate.
| [...]
| The company was incredibly open in sharing ideas and concepts, and wasn't
| going around threatening others for ripping off its IP (that did come
| later... especially with the graphical user interface, which Jobs himself
| admitted "ripping off" from Xerox... which had "ripped it off" already from
| SRI). It's really only when you're afraid of competing in the marketplace
| that you rely on patents. When you're young and innovative you focus on the
| possibilities and opportunities in front of you, rather than on ways to block
| others from innovating.

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