Law & Apple: The Empires (Samsung & HTC) Strike Back

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jrstinkfish

... when Apple files frivolous patent lawsuits, it's acceptable and they are protecting themselves. When HTC does the same thing, it's trolling. Can't have it both ways.

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brandonwalkermedia

when does Apple file frivolous law suits? verses HTC(owned by google)

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Adrian Hoppel

Perhaps frivolty is in the eye of the patent holder.

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Adrian Hoppel

jrstinkfish, thanks for the comment!

I understand what you are saying, and I definitely considered that. But in this case, HTC bought these patents specifically - at least it seems to me based on the timeline - to have in their pocket to sue Apple. Buying patents for no reason except to sue other companies will always get a troll tag from me, but this is clearly open to interpretation.

-Adrian

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nmz502

I agree. Apple made the stuff while HTC just bought a companies patents.

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Rob_flo

So how do you interpret Apple's (joint) purchase of Nortel's IP? I'd be surprised if they just sit on it.

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Fion

They're probably "sitting on it" just to have the rights to the patents, sure. After all, why do you think Google bought Motorola? For their business? Oh heck no. They're owners of some of the most major patents in the tech world, including set top boxes for televisions and mobile phones.

There was a really fabulous episode of Forum on KQED here in the Bay Area this morning. If you have an hour, check it!

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Adrian Hoppel

I think that depends on how Apple and partners use the portfolio. Will it be to protect their existing or new technology, or to get a slice of some other company's innovation? Remains to be seen.

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