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    Apple May Get To Remove Obvious Features From Android



    In one of the many-pronged attack that Apple has been making on Android, it's scored a victory at the International Trade Commission, where it's been determined that the idea, that if you see a phone number in an email or on a web-page and click it to call the number, is so special and wonderful that only Apple could possibly use it. It's rulings like this that make anyone with a modicum of technology smarts shake their heads and wonder why we let clearly non-technical people make decisions like this. Patents are supposed to protect inventions that are non-obvious to those skilled in the space. If you put a 100 groups of five engineers in rooms, asking them to design various smartphone features and interfaces around things like this, I'd bet 99 would come up with a similar feature. It's just natural.

    In the meantime, Apple's statements about the ruling are equally ridiculous, given Apple's history of copying others (including Android):

    "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."
    Copying an idea and building on it is not "stealing." And if Apple had to build its devices without building on the ideas of others, it wouldn't have very much today. This whole thing is a joke, and it's rulings like this that make engineers have even less respect for the patent system.

    SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/te...pagewanted=all
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malvado View Post

    In the meantime, Apple's statements about the ruling are equally ridiculous, given Apple's history of copying others (including Android):

    "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."



    Copying an idea and building on it is not "stealing." And if Apple had to build its devices without building on the ideas of others, it wouldn't have very much today. This whole thing is a joke, and it's rulings like this that make engineers have even less respect for the patent system.

    SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/te...pagewanted=all
    Wow......just wow.....

    Apple....you are really too funny..... I wonder could they even say or type that with a straight face....

    Copying an idea and building on it is not "stealing." And if Apple had to build its devices without building on the ideas of others, it wouldn't have very much today.
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    wasnt it apple that said good artists copy better artists steal?? or something like that lol
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    All is fair in love and patent wars!

    But seriously guys, the stuff won't be removed from android. It'll just be licensed from Apple in similar fashion to other technologies. This is the reason for the Moto purchase, Google needed patents that it didn't have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malvado View Post
    wasnt it apple that said good artists copy better artists steal?? or something like that lol
    St. Jobs himself.

    now what I don't get is back in the days of the phone modem, couldn't you do this on your regular computer? How did Apple innovate this?
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    So when does Google sue apple for the pull down notification rights?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparty569 View Post
    So when does Google sue apple for the pull down notification rights?
    Seriously! Did no one notice they stole the pull down notification bar? Apple needs to be stuck where the sun doesn't shine!! I don't know who to blame; Apple or the incompetent judges??
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    maybe Google doesn't own the rights to the pull down notification bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparty569 View Post
    So when does Google sue apple for the pull down notification rights?
    That's predicated on Google actually having a patent issued to them for the pull down notification. Without a patent, anyone can copy it. The sad thing is, Apple has probably filed for a patent for it.
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