Quote: Originally Posted by lkgriffith
Quote: Originally Posted by Bertison
Holding on to patents, in order to sue some company which may develop goods or services that are invisibly related to said patent, is *patently evil and should be made illegal.
Apparently you have never spent a large fraction of your life creating valuable intellectual property and protecting it consistently with copyright and published patents. Well, I have. I object to the notion that I must give away my life to someone else simply because he wants and needs to use it without getting my permission and paying me for that privilege.
I am not his slave nor is he mine. He can ask polite permission and pay a fair (mutually agreed) price and I won't object. If he tries to steal it, I have the moral and legal right to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. It doesn't make an iota of difference if YOU can't see the violation. The violation still exists and my PRIOR right to the intellectual property has been legally established.
If you want to be a perpetual slave to the collective, it is your choice. I will not be so cooperative.
Sorry, but you completely missed the point I was trying to make. Please read PParks
' excellent post and you may
Massive companies such as Apple, Microsoft et al
are guilty of making up "pretend" Patents, some of which are presented and written in the vaguest of terms. They then employ teams of Patent Lawyers, whose sole function is to trawl through every single new development that may have even the slightest and most tenuous connection to the patent they have specially prepared. It is entrapment and fraud, IMHO. What, I ask you, would be your response, if your own application for a patent led to you being placed in the position of having to defend yourself against a huge, wealthy company which decided that they alone owned the intellectual property to your ideas and work?
I have obviously struck a sensitive nerve with you. The fact remains that Apple took on a company that was prepared to go to the wire with them. Samsung have deep pockets too and have shown that they will not be bullied.
There is also the issue of Apple's use of virtual slave labour in some of their factories and suppliers. They are not alone in this of course, but they do make the loudest denials.