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The ongoing patent battles in this day from outfits like Apple and Microsoft amongst few others, if they are successful will kill innovation and technology from advancing forward.

No more affordable $199 tablets!

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Again using the photo of the Galaxy Ace... Hello? That phone isn't part of the current litigation...

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southsakaiSep. 28, 2012 - 07:55AM JST

The ongoing patent battles in this day from outfits like Apple and Microsoft amongst few others, if they are successful will kill innovation and technology from advancing forward.

Actually the Microsoft patent battle has nothing to do with google and everything to do with motorola charging more for xboxes to have h264 than windows itself. Microsoft didn't even file suit until motorola filed one claiming that xbox should face import sanctions in europe.

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@southsakai It's the other way around. Allowing companies to simply copy each other would kill innovation. It's the protection of intellectual property that spurs companies to invest in new and original development. Look at the Mircosoft Mobile OS; original and innovative (and btw the prices for their products are similar if not cheaper than rival products).

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anyoneanyone28Sep. 28, 2012 - 01:28PM JST

Allowing companies to simply copy each other would kill innovation.

That only applies to hardware patents, as the realm of software patents holds no research cost. Even if someone were to copy a software idea, they still need to invest in software writers to actually do it, and their own graphic artists to polish everything.

99% of the time they aren't even original, just look at the Apple clock icon fiasco, where they stole a trademark (and patented) clock face. Or their newest patent that covers curved screens (though LG and Sony already have them), haptic feedback (samsung had this since 2004 or so), tactile touch (all three companies and microsoft even ), and not a single new idea at all.

Patents used to make sense, but then in the 80/90s the law law was overhauled due the appearance of software patents and extensions on the duration of patents. Software patents should be process patents rather than results patents, there's just too many ways to make something entirely different that looks similar to the end user.

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