Rich, You know that "might makes right" is a key strategy for survival in any sphere but more especially in business and in high-tech. Apple is able to initiate a patent fight because it has the financial muscle and can take the blows. It is likely the company knows all the combatants are not similarly endowed.
I saw some of the patents under dispute and I wonder like you why governments allow companies to get away with the "vague" ideas you mentioned. One company got a patent for a "swipe." That to me is ridiculous.
Maybe I don't know enough about it but patents are too broad and to describe something, you just need a vague explanation that in a couple of years could be anything (withough who ever actually made the product, looking at the patent).
How can we protect real products? not just vague ideas.
Yeah Rich, that sounds good. Area where i reside in UK, local council has workshops running on weekly basis solely designed & targeted for potential enterpreneurs and SMEs. These inlcude legal assistance on IP protection, taxation and patents etc.
Yes, option 2 is probably the ideal of how things should be. I know, unfortunately the ideal doesn't necessary corresponds to the real. In any case, I like to have my ideals present as a reminder of how things could work better. When we forget about the ideals the world starts to set for less and less.
I don't believe court decision is the perfect option. It is what we have and it is what we are used to. That's all. Also, it's always better to let others decide for what we are not able to do by ourselves. A court decision is an easy way out. These companies don't care about the money they will spend in lawyers, etc, in the following years. So no problem there. The case can sit for ages until it is almost forgotten.
I had to choose for one, but industry-wide arbitration could work, too. No one remembers what the case was about when the court finally decides for something after years and years. Patent cases need more immediate action.
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