Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
If 'everyone is copying our stuff instead of making their own' isn't the right reason, what is?
Essentially, this is correct. In the industry, everyone oversteps their boundaries and infringes on other companies.
The caveat however has been that it's generally accepted, as progress would literally grind to a halt if all the litigation that was possible was suddenly presented.
Litigation this way is relatively new; it's been propagated by Apple and now other manufacturers are forced to litigate in return, and now we're seeing an offensive by those once targeted by Apple now attacking Apple directly (case in point, Samsung).
If the major technology players litigated all at once--MS, Apple, Google, IBM, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, RIM, Nortel (even though their patents were approved as sold today), etc., we'd have court cases booked for hundreds of years with simultaneous arguments that patents are infringing all over the place.
If this pace continues, I fear this is what we'll see.
And if that's what happens, then it's basically going to wreak havoc on the industry and then we all lose.
Apple's already under fire in return in Germany. Certainly that isn't what you want to see, is it? Maybe you don't care if you don't live in Germany, but I think it's stupid.
Companies aren't crawling out of the woodwork to litigate Apple, so why does Apple feel the need to go on the offensive? What happens when companies do go on the offensive?