Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
Say companies A, B and C have competing technologies to accomplish the same task.
Company B submits its technology as a standard!
It gets accepted as a/the standard.
This can have one or more the following effects:
1) A's & C's technologies are diminished or abandoned because they are non-standard
Or in the case of Apple, continue to use their own technology wherever possible instead of using a standard because it helps them lock in.
2) B gets a cash cow -- every competitor must license the patent
See answer to number 1. Also Realize that If Motorola and Samsung are suing Apple NOW it means that Apple owes them, what? 4 years of payments? That's from before Android was picked up by either company.
3) B reduces or eliminates the competitors and/or competitive devices
No. This isn't the case. Some tech became standards for reasons other than it was the best available. Standards just make things compatible.
4) B gains some competitive advantages:
--- Lower costs, as they don't have to pay for a license for their own technology
--- Head-start and/or first-to-market, as they are in a better position to exploit their own technology
F/Rand patents have a very low revenue stream compared to non frand patents. By the time they're frand, any head start is also gone.
5) B establishes a base-line on which to build additional technology and/or standards
6) B gets a seat at the table as its technology must be used in competitors devices -- just as competitors technologies must be used in B's devices
Not necessarily. And ALL of the "advantages" you listed were from a world where tech companies didn't use thier Non-Frand patents to destroy one another. It's much more profitable to Patent something and NOT make it a standard. Because Companies can REFUSE to license it, and all you get if you win is a backlog of payments, that you have to take them to court to get. When They can sue you OVER A SQUARE.
This last, is what Sammy and MMI appear to be trying to unfairly use as leverage/protection in litigation involving patented non-standard technology.
Apple is asserting that no other device can be a touchscreen dominated slab, no matter the aspect ratio, thickness, or back design. They are going after the XOOM for community design violations.
How is a Square not "standard?"
As for why I'm here, it's clear that most people who comment here don't actually read news anywhere else (nothing else explains their opinions). So If I can give them a little taste of something approaching different with just a few minutes a day, why not.
Believe it or not, you can still LIKE, even LOVE a product and question some of their choices.