Originally Posted by Quadra 610
What's the difference? Everyone's been infringing on Apple's work in one way or the other already, with total impunity. Let em. Even after several years, nothing even comes close to the iOS + Apple hardware User Experience. Apple has ruled Consumer Satisfaction with iOS devices since their introduction.
The only concern is that others are making a massive profit (mostly Samsung) from Apple's work.
Apple policy has always been to patent as much as they can and then protect what they can, aggressively. Not everything will stick.
What's really interesting, though, is that the patent WAS ALREADY GRANTED, and the entire patent - all of it - was invalidated, which is very rare. Is the USPTO bowing (unduly or under compulsion) to some external pressure here?
I was going to write the exact same thing.
Adding to the bolded statement above, the negative side from a PR standpoint has been more damaging to Apple worldwide than anything else.*
Imagine for a minute if Apple would have just let the whole thing fly, meaning no lawsuits. Even going further, to just basically shrug their shoulders at the whole "copy & clone" market. The attitude that Apple doesn't care because they are absolutely 100% only concerned with innovating and making "the absolute best products and UX money can buy"... living up to their motto so to speak... would have IMHO been worth far more than the twisted media and headline hunters have made out Apple to be.
People around the world are ALWAYS going to want cheap knock-offs... of ANY product. While it does get out of hand and is infuriating I'm sure for the designers and companies making those products, by and large they hold their heads (their public image) high, knowing... and the world knowing as well... that THEY are the trend-setters, the innovators, the companies and initial products that move the world forward.
Apple: hold your head high; shrug off the imitators; continue to lead the tech-world. It's a far different connected world today than the first time around with Microsoft. We know. The world knows. No need to shove it in their face with continuous lawsuits... and in this case, an entire government against you and your engineers.
Hell. If I'm Apple and TC... I don't even comment on it. Why give the press any more fodder to twist around and shoot ya with?!
* Apple has made my life far more difficult in many ways as a consultant, just because I have to get through the twisted media stories before I can get to integrating a customer with their devices. Recent stories here have put Apple at the center of Foxcon mother's babies dying at an alarming rate due to them working too many hours. Yes. Infant mortality in 1-child-China is NOW also Apple's... and ONLY Apple's fault.