Uh oh - Apple Sued for Stealing Passbook Patents

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by patent10021, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. patent10021 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2004
    Apparently the tech is from www.ameranth.com.

    Pretty cheesy looking company though. Circa 1999.
  2. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    You can't steal patents.

    And anyway, Apple does happen to sometimes be guilty of patent infringement. It happened with Visual Voice Mail, a company called Klausner, it happened with the iPod interface with Creative Labs.

    People really need to stop thinking this is "stealing". It's not like Apple goes out, scours the USPTO's patent database looking for ideas and methods on how to do stuff. Patent infringement can be completely accidental, in fact, most of the time it is as the patent wasn't known to the party prior to him implementing it or something similar enough.
  3. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Indeed. I've come up with some interesting uses of technology, only to find out that somebody has patented the idea 10 years ago (in very broad terms). The whole patent system in the US is a mess.
  4. OJ Simpson macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2012
    You make the best most down to earth posts on this entire site. It's refreshing to read a non bias post in a sea of fanboy worship threads.

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