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Yes, Apple you won. I would say that a number of people told me that they bought a galaxy S2 cos it looked "a bit" like and iPhone. So there is some merit to that aspect …



But, where are we heading? Using these patents to wage war with – they are so basic if companies and patent trolls let rip with some of these then we are all in trouble…

Tech evolves quickly. In some ways there is a lot of evidence that the first mover is not always the ultimate winner. But Android AND Apple have created cultures and to subject actual users to limits on these simple functions isn’t an option – it all about getting da monay.

Weather they like to acknowledge it or not, they are creating a space together – people passionate about iPhone – people passionate about Android.


This, right here, is the danger of software patents. When obvious things (that generally come up in user testing – i.e. testing what feels *natural* to a user). Denying tap to zoom (and pinch to zoom? not sure on this) as a natural part of tech progression is in some ways like patenting DNA because they were just testing what feels natural for the user – probably other testing found the same thing – just because Apple did it a bit before shouldn’t give them global rights to it. Some of the knowledge captured in these patents should possibly be public domain as it relates to all of us.

The other patents are equally as obvious.

( source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19377261 )


There is definitely a moral imperative here not to hamstring each other – this will not only stifle innovation for manufacturers, but also for app developers… These patents really should have been invalidated by now – but because it takes so long to grant them, most of them have only been approved for a couple of years. Speeding up the award and invalidation cycle may be an improvement for the patent system. But the legal precedents set here are very worrying …


Mind, these patents should these never have been awarded as the usage has fallen into common use by the time the patent is awarded. Now we have to wait and hope that governments will realise the dangers of an ineffective patents system and reform it – I can’t say I’m holding my breath though …


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