Apple seems to be becoming a rather amusing company to follow around if you are into drama. Browsing through XDA earlier today, I came across a thread started by XDA member BlackRose 22 where he pointed at an article that was, in my opinion, fun to read. If you have ever heard the phrase “do as I tell you, but not as I do” (sorry, the rhyme somewhat gets lost in translation here), then you will pretty much understand that this article about Apple complaining about the patent system is rather ironic.
Reading a few months back, you will find the justice court rooms littered with Apple’s lawsuits against Android device manufacturers. Claiming multiple patent infringements in clear attempts to cripple or otherwise completely eliminate competition from the smartphone world has become an everyday strategy against an ever growing number of competitors and products. Needless to say, Apple is only targeting the larger ones due to the potential ripple effect that their fall may have. Due to a large number of factors (most of them pushed by Apple’s actions), the playing field has shifted considerably and this is where Apple began getting worried.
According to the article that we are referencing here, Apple seems to be complaining about manufacturers like Motorola, Samsung, and even Google themselves about how they are trying to manipulate the patent system towards their advantage. The manufacturers seem to be throwing a few countersuits at Apple on patents that basically violate their field of expertise: telecommunications. Now, here is the kicker: the patents being fought over are governed under the “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” principle, which according to the article are patents that manufacturers and original inventors are happy to share with other manufacturers to make an even playing field (as long as the originator of such patent(s) get their fair share). Since Apple decided to try and shift the field in their favor by trying to patent technologies that are not even theirs in the first place, it was decided that Apple would be a fantastic exception to the principle that I just cited. As you would imagine, Apple is now complaining that the patent system is being used against them and that said companies are bullying Apple…. see the irony already?
So, what to think about a situation like this? It seems as if Apple thought that they can choose which rules apply to them and which don’t. Just as we saw yesterday with AT&T’s deal breaking development of their acquisition of T-Mobile, the Department of Justice, as well as other law bodies do not take monopoly and anti-trust attempts too lightly. One final thought on this, if this is the mentality that was passed along to Mr. Jobs’ successor, lets just say that he is in for one rude awakening.
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You can find a link to the article in the original thread.
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