Apple, Samsung and a Third Way for Patents

Samsung LogoWhen I heard the verdict on the Apple v. Samsung case, I was angry. Angry with Samsung for copying, angry with Apple for suing, angry with jurors for naivety, angry with the legal system for letting itself be a pawn. Over the weekend, I’ve mellowed a little but I’m still concerned about the impact it will have on consumers.

Apple is not a great first inventor. It didn’t invent the PC, the GUI, the digital music player, the smartphone or the tablet: I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to educate themselves as to who did. Apple is great at design, marketing, timing and extracting value from suppliers, partners and customers. Absolutely no doubts there and they have the bank balance to prove it.

Android LogoThe word on the street was that Apple was looking for a $30 licensing fee to cover the use of the patents. As a consumer, I think that’s a rip off when compared to the overall price of the device. None of those patents are intrinsic to the device and I would happily have a phone or tablet that doesn’t have those features. Multitouch and pinch-to-zoom is over-rated generally, and as for the bounce-back, it’s a waste of CPU cycles.

Obviously there are two possible outcomes from an Android perspective. Either the patents are circumvented and Android users get an arguably lesser experience or the manufacturers stump up the licensing fees.

But there is a third way…Wouldn’t it be great if, as an Android consumer, one could choose whether to avail of certain patents or not? You could accept the Apple licensing and pay the extra $30 or else decline and get the non-infringing version. How brilliant would that be and it would let the market decide which patents are valuable and which aren’t.

Of course, the chances of it happening are slim but remember Google and Samsung, you read it here first.

Conan O’Brien Makes Fun of the Apple-Samsung Legal Battle

Late night comedian Conan O’Brien recently took on the often talked about legal battle between hardware giants Apple and Samsung.  Apple has claimed that Samsung, among every other Android device maker, stole their ideas and concepts for the Galaxy line of handsets.

Of course, the reality as most people see it is that many patents in technology are simply frivolous and should never have been granted, since the system is supposed to take into account if something is”obvious”.  None the less, that’s where we are in today’s tech world.  Everyone is suing everyone else and there’s no end in site.

However, frivolous lawsuits aside, at least we can still laugh about some of it.  O’Brien took the opportunity to put together a nice parody video.  It doesn’t show Samsung in a very nice light (someone had to be the victim in this), but it’s all in fun anyway.  You can check it out below.

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