Microsoft & Apple Getting Sued!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by garybUK, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. caveman_uk Guest

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    It's probably another one of those patents falling into the 'Bleeding obvious to anyone with a brain' category. We'll see how it turns out. It's important to note however that just because someone has a patent it doesn't mean it's worth the paper it's written on.
     
  2. garybUK thread starter Guest

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    Yeah just like BT, they invented and copywrited the Hyperlink technology but something like that they couldn't redeem intellectual property
     
  3. MacFan26 macrumors 65816

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    The patent is so general, it could basically apply to any updating software. I don't think this one will go very far, except maybe alert a few more people that software patents are getting out of hand.
     
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    Software updating has been around for years. Active desktop has too. We've seen time and time again, if patents are not enforced in a fair amount of time, they lose all legal weight. This suit will be dismissed early on.

    paul
     
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    I disagree! I think that this suit will single-handedly demolish both Apple and Microsoft, leading to the inevitable rise of Linux...That is, until BT sues for having a patent on drawing penguins, at which point, Linux, too, will succumb to its own illicit behavior.
     
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    I didn't know that software update was considered a technology. I thought it was just a blatantly obvious idea.....an inevitability after the development of high speed internet.
     
  7. Ajmbc macrumors regular

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    Apple has had software update since OS 9, maybe even OS 8.6- and microsoft has had it for awhile, there is virtually no weight to this lawsuit.
     
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    I agree absolutely 10000% :D

    At my (now former) school, patents are covered very much in the mechanical engineering program, because they're such a big part of that field. And remember, getting a patent is expensive, as it requires a patent lawyer. You're looking at $50k-60k per patent.
     
  9. garybUK thread starter Guest

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    Well i do hope they get somewhere, just like our European Government sucessfully sued Microsoft for a handsome sum, keeps these companies on their toes.
     
  10. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Only $1000 of that or so goes to the government. If you have a staff attorney they might as well spend any spare time publishing frivolous patents.

    The government has an electronic filing system now. Imagine a travesty engine linked to the web submit form. Since patents don't get strenuous of an inspection you could probably get away with it.
     

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