Anna: love your analysis, but I particularly love the word 'potty' :-) But you are right--these things don't come cheap and often boggle the mind. There is supposed to be some kind of filter for what cases actually make it to court, yet there are examples everywhere of what can only be called frivilous litigation.
Firstly, I think the whole litigation process have gone potty. The courts are now challenged to keep up with these cases... In addition, generally 'patent wars' have gone bizarre. It's sometimes unnecessary. . As silly as it may sound, the judge was right to have clearly and distinctingly emphasise the uniqueness of each products in his judgement when he asserted that Apple's device is" cool". To my mind, it clearly says why ever brought this case to court? Apple and Samsung (though both business rivals) are in a unique position in the electronic technology market and even their fan base and customers are well aware of this. So both companies need to find a way to resolve this unnecessary wasting of valuable time, money and energy and focus on something else. Secondly, I blame the judicial system. It has long encouraged and tolerated unwarranted litigation claims (common sense solution is farfetched). It's high time the systems take a hard look and review the damage it's created (now that the courts are struggling to cope with the process it's created). It's no use ditching out school children's punishment afterall these cases don't come cheap!!
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.