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.
Arm wrestling sounds like a joke, but it is a good explanation of what really happens.
Arm wrestling is a way of saying might makes right, and you should see that this applies directly to patent battles. When one side attempts to bury the other with legal paperwork and demands for information, with armies of lawyers hired to overwhelm the other side, then that is might makes right, not justice.
There were many individual inventors who had their patented ideas stolen outright, because they did not have the legal muscle to defend their patents. Patent strategy therefore includes might makes right, or at least it appears that way.
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