One of the problems with the DoJ suit against Apple is that it fails to understand the functions of patents. They protect inventions so that the inventor can profit from them. They also allow for licensing the right to use patents to other companies, but owning a patent does not require licensing it to other companies for a specified time after being granted.  The suit also ignores the difference between a company with patented inventions and a company granted a monopoly to provide goods or services for public benefit. In return, those companies are regulated by the government. Also, industries generally have independent organizations to establish rules for competing fairly. Often, such organizations function better than government regulators, because they have the knowledge to evaluate emerging new technology and encourage the industry to adopt new standards as the technology advances. Now, the industry is jealous of Apple's success with inventing new technologies. Some companies are using their profits to lobby government officials and agencies to stop Apple from inventing new products and manufacturing them at high standards. Those same companies use their profits to enrich the stockholders and corporate officers, but see no benefit from advancing the technology by investing in their own research and development. Making a profit requires more than the ability to count beans. Every new Apple product has been met with ridicule and scorn by the rest of the industry. The Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad and now Apple Vision, together with their unique user interfaces all have suffered the same fate while the naysayers rushed to copy them. The DoJ suit wants Apple to open up their phone texting protocols to competitors, who have made no moves to provide better software to their own customers. The problem is that Apple is not the phone company, nor are their competitors. Every company has the right to send signals compatible with the transmission system's standards. The real culprit here is the FCC, which has been stalemated until recently by political divisions, not technical standards. It could push the industry to adopt newer and better protocols, but seems oblivious to the issue.


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