Originally Posted by MadGoat
As much as I dislike Android and all the other iPhone knockoffs. It seems that Apple is becoming the big patent troll these days.
Sorry, but defending your patents does not make one a patent troll.
More importantly, everyone has missed the major issue here. ITC has been dropping patent infringement cases left and right. For the past few years, it appeared that no matter what you did, ITC would rule that there was no infringement - regardless of how strong the patent. This is the first time for quite a while that ITC said that there was infringement. If ITC says there's infringement, you can take it to the bank.
Originally Posted by robbydek
It's sort of obvious that Apple had stuff taken, but I wonder if it would be such as big deal if it was another company? The question that remains is will Apple allow a reasonable settlement or is the Federal government going to have to step in because they force their competitors out of business. Hopefully, not the latter. If a company steals another's patent, they should have to pay, but in the same way, a company who holds all the patents for the ideal device, shouldn't be able to keep patents away their competition and hence have no competition. Apple is already huge and we really don't want them being the only major mobile device maker and operating system.
Why should Apple do that? Apple has no obligation to license their technology, nor should they. You see, we live in a free market economy. It is up to APPLE to decide what to do with their inventions, not a bunch of people whining on AI.
[QUOTE=macologist;1901838]Ideally, Android should have offered a very Unique Thing of it's own, not a Me Too Imitation!!! /QUOTE]
Android's entire business is based on "FREE" rather than innovation. Why are you surprised that there's no innovation there?
Not to mention, of course, Google's years of disregard for anyone else's intellectual property.
Originally Posted by cloudgazer
Actually he's closer to being right than you think. The supreme court recently changed the game here and made it far harder to get an injunction from the court system, because courts were required to consider public interest as well as the patent holders rights. Absent an injunction the best a patent holder can do is extract court awarded damages and license fees going forwards.
That applies mostly to preliminary injunctions and very unusual cases. The Supreme Court has allowed companies to refuse to license their technologies.