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APPLE MAY HAVE INVALID PATENTS WHICH MEANS THEY WASTED EVERYONE’S TIME WITH LAWSUITS
October 23 2012
San Francisco, CA – For Apple, The battle they have been engaged in with Samsung is not about intellectual property or what’s right or wrong. The battle has been about money and market share, clear and simple. Samsung is a player in many markets thatApple dominates and instead of competing, Apple has tried to drive them out entirely.
That is not of course invalid. If Apple’s claims are true, that Samsung violated patents in order to create their devices, phones and tablets, then Apple has every right to try to push them out of the market. After all, technology requires a massive investment of funds and you cannot simply steal it.
The spat between the two companies, though, is not motivated by who owns what. If Samsung were not a player in major markets Apple likely wouldn’t even bother. It’s because they see them as a threat that they have attacked, aggressively, and tried to push the company under water. Now, though, the one place where they have had victory in that ongoing battle may have turned on them. It turns out that many of the U.S. patents Apple owns may be invalid, meaning that their claims are invalid, and that all they’ve been doing is wasting everyone’s time like a bunch of jerks.
In fact twenty patents in the claim, primarily to do with scroll technology, have been rendered invalid by the US Patent and Trademark Office which could well invalidate the billion dollar judgment against Samsung and make Apple very angry.
It’s not clear why the office has decided to that the patents are invalid, aside from them actually being invalid, considering Apple is a beloved American company and Samsung is foreign.
Apple has lost pretty much every other suit around the world.
“This is certainly a serious blow to Apple and a huge victory for Samsung. Aside from the financial windfall, it also means that US courts will have to abide by the rules and not simply rule in favour of companies they happen to like or who happen to be based down the street, that they will have to rule based on evidence not on locale,” said Scrape TV Technology analyst Ken Kevins. “That’s terrible for Apple because they have spent a lot of money trying to win these suits and clearly it is something they really, really want to do but the law is the law, kind of, and you win and you lose sometimes.”
It’s not clear if Samsung has actually paid any of the money in the initial judgment.
“Obviously Apple is going to fight this and just keep in going with this battle on and on and on until someone gets sick. It seems now that this thing is a waste of time and it’s possible that all of Apple’s patents are frivolous and time wasting, simply there because they want to sue people sometime in the future, and that has to suck for them and everyone else who has wasted their time on this stupid case,” continued Kevins. “Aside from the lawyers of course. I’m sure they are perfectly happy working on cases large and small no matter their validity. It’s all money to them and they will come out ahead no matter what. Maybe Apple should have been a lawyer, that would have worked out for them.”
Samsung is of course pretty darn happy about the whole thing.
Martin Philton, Technology Correspondent