It's interesting to see how you try to attack what I write by going off on wild tangents.
Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Article problem number one: It's not Google's Pagerank patent. They've licensed it from Stanford just as any other company can do if it wishes.
Did you even read the article's headings? Also, you are wrong: Stanford exclusively licensed PageRank to Google. The company wouldn't have gotten any funding from VCs if it did not have exclusive patent rights to something of value.
Problem two. The author makes the leap to argue Google search could not have been created except by the grace of a patent. Microsoft, IBM and Apple all became viable companies without the assistance of a single software patent. Trade secrets and the laws applicable to them are powerful
Problem three: Google has never maintained that "it and its Android partners should be able to infringe upon any patents Apple has related to iOS". Another leap.
That's exactly what Google does. Take, then feign outrage afterward that some patent holder would dare take it to court over evil IP. For a company that owes its existence to patents, this is pretty incredibly hypocritical.
Apple and IBM had hardware businesses. They didn't need a software patent to get initial funding. Apple was built out of a garage, not a patent-protected college startup.
Finally, it's completely possible other search providers have infringed on Google IP. Not only possible but considering there's 10's of thousands it becomes quite likely. That Google hasn't ever sued a direct competitor makes any claim of Google's attitude towards wielding IP to fend off competition as being disingenuous . . . well disingenuous.
In Google's case patents appear to serve only defensive purposes and not generally used to block competition. Simply being a better, harder working and more creative search provider is what made them successful. For that matter Apple's revenue doesn't ride on the back of software patents either. Those pertaining to iOS have hardly been strong enough to get much if any credit for iDevice success. That success comes from being better, harder working and more creative than their competitors.
You don't get it. Google doesn't sue companies because nobody else is as cavalier about infringing its patents. People are suing Google and its licensees because Google has a policy of stealing and then acting like its the victim because well, "patents!" It's complete BS, just like everything you write.
You might as well say, "Google can't be a thief because... nobody is stealing its stuff!"