Tablet Wars Head to Patent Court

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jbond
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jbond   7/14/2011 7:30:26 AM
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The ruling from the court or the settlement that emerges will be a big deal for many companies. When you have key players involved like; Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Oracle, and Google, serious money and market share is at stake. Every one of these companies has something to win and lose based on the outcome of this battle. This could also mean the end of cheap programs or electronics. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

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Re: Par for the course
Jacob   7/14/2011 3:56:32 AM
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Patenting provides or assures the minimum guarantee, against the key idea or technology. If anybody wants to make use of that technology, they have to pay either the licensing fee or royalty. At the same time, itís a violation against ones right to create similar innovative ideas or technology. If such a debate happens, itís very difficult to judge whose part is right. If I have idea and man power, I can create new technologies without conceiving third party ideas. I donít know how it becomes the violation of similar technology patent.

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Re: Par for the course
Ariella   7/13/2011 9:36:21 PM
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That is likely the case for companies currently in competition with each other. But Edison's great-great-great granddaughter seems to think there is an opportunity to cash in here. I just wonder how the patents could possibly still be current.

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Adeniji Kayode   7/13/2011 9:28:04 PM
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Ariella, The electronics industry moves too fast for anyone to wait for patents to expire. A five years old patent is probably not as important in the market anymore not to mention one that is 20 years old. The technoloby might still be relevant but the application may be quite different and any royalty payments won't be as much as for a much fresher patent. I may be wrong but this is not so much about patents as it is about companies' setting up roadblocks to slow down competitors.


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Adeniji Kayode   7/13/2011 9:28:03 PM
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Ariella, The electronics industry moves too fast for anyone to wait for patents to expire. A five years old patent is probably not as important in the market anymore not to mention one that is 20 years old. The technoloby might still be relevant but the application may be quite different and any royalty payments won't be as much as for a much fresher patent. I may be wrong but this is not so much about patents as it is about companies' setting up roadblocks to slow down competitors.

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Anna young   7/13/2011 1:33:43 PM
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@Ariella, Fascinating. So, the descendant of Edison is suing now because all the smartphone and tablet PC vendors are suing each other. I thought I was the only one who had noticed this. What these companies couldn't achieve in the market place they want to get from the court. You can bet some other companies are examining their patent portfolios to see if they can allege something had been infringed.

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More time to fight than less time to invent
elctrnx_lyf   7/13/2011 1:29:18 PM
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This fight will lead to the companies losing lot of money for the lawyers and increasing the prices. Also the management lose lot of time during the process which could have beeen better utilised to invent or design new, better and cheaper products. I think there should be a common place where the manufacturers can go and make sure that their product doesn't have any thing which uses patented technology.

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Ariella   7/13/2011 12:56:23 PM
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From what I've seen about it, patents do expire. The number of years it is in force varies, but I've seen 17 and 20 years, nothing like the 100 years or so that would be needed to keep Edison's patents in effect unless they were renewed to keep them current. But I suppose a patent lawyer would know more about the subject.

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t.alex   7/13/2011 12:52:53 PM
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If I am not wrong a patent will typically expire after 20 years.

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Hospice_Houngbo   7/13/2011 12:25:58 PM
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Ariella,

"There is nothing new under the sun". I think that some patents shall be declared obsolete after a certain number of years. Seriously a 19th century patent should be considered public domain, don't you think?

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