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The European Commission is concerned that other firms could mimic Apple and Samsung's patent war and lead to the unfair use of intellectual property rights against rivals

Much of Apple and Samsung's 2011 has been spent duking it out over patents. Apple initially went after Samsung earlier this year and accused it of copying Apple's products when creating its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Now, the European Commission is concerned that other firms could mimic Apple and Samsung's patent war and lead to the unfair use of intellectual property rights against rivals.

Throughout the year, Apple and Samsung have gone back and forth with patent issues. Apple claimed that Samsung created its Galaxy line such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 by ripping off Apple's design. Apple succeeded in killing Samsung's Australian tablet sales, banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, and sought to ban Samsung's phones and Android tablets in Britain. But Samsung did some retaliating of its own by filing a 3G lawsuit against Apple in France, looking to ban iPhone 5 sales (back before it was revealed that the anticipated iPhone 5 was really the iPhone 4S), and modifying its hardware and software to prevent further lawsuits.

Earlier this month, the European Commission started looking into FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) violations associated with the Apple/Samsung patent war. Now, the EU's latest concern has to do with the potential misuse of patents in other areas of the IT sector. 

"We requested information from both Apple and Samsung," said Joaquin Almunia, EU Competition Commissioner. "We have not yet received the answers. We need to look at this because IP rights can be used as a distortion of competition but we will need to look at the answers.

"In particular, in the IT sector, it is obvious it is not the only case. Apple and Samsung is only one case where IP rights can be used as an instrument to restrict competition. Standardization and IP rights are two instruments that in this new IT sector can be used as a tool to abuse."

Source: Reuters



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RE: The point is...
By nolisi on 11/22/2011 3:33:07 PM , Rating: 2
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IP right were created to promote innovation.
The common belief being that if an invention was immediatly copied, nobody would want to incur huge costs to innovate.


Being first to market is everything. Even if someone copies your idea, the fact that you got there first gives you mindshare, and in the case of certain companies, you can create a proprietary castle around yourself that guarantee repeat business.

quote:
Android is a copy of iOS.


Then why is iOS currently copying functionality that Android has had for years? A copy is limited to what's found in the original; Android went beyond iOS at its release (OTA updates is the most visible example) therefore it is not a copy.


RE: The point is...
By Da W on 11/22/11, Rating: -1
RE: The point is...
By Gondor on 11/22/2011 4:43:30 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
We can play the longuest dick game for a long time.


You'd lose horribly.

It's about time Eu slaps some hefty fine on Apple for their patent trolling before this nonsense escalates even further.


RE: The point is...
By jRaskell on 11/22/2011 5:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Without Apple, your android phone would have a keayboard, no GPS, no gyroscope and still use a trackball to move around icons.


No, it wouldn't, but I see the futility in trying to argue that with you.


RE: The point is...
By kraeper on 11/22/2011 5:42:04 PM , Rating: 1
LG Prada. Google it.


RE: The point is...
By Etsp on 11/22/2011 5:48:32 PM , Rating: 5
Given his anti-Android stance, perhaps you'd have a better chance at succeeding if you asked him to "bing" it...


RE: The point is...
By kraeper on 11/22/2011 6:43:56 PM , Rating: 2
LOL good point.


RE: The point is...
By ebakke on 11/22/2011 5:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
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Without Apple, your android phone would have a keayboard, no GPS, no gyroscope and still use a trackball to move around icons.
And I assume without Henry Ford, everything would still be made one-off, by hand. No one else could've possibly figured out how to utilize an assembly line. You, I'm sad to say, are an idiot.

What's most disturbing to me, is that your reasoning abilities are a total epic failure yet you're probably going to vote in the next election with some batshit crazy "rationale" as to why your candidate of choice makes sense. FML.


RE: The point is...
By Omega215D on 11/22/2011 10:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly this line of thinking is typical of those into Apple products... and there's a lot of them thanks to herd mentality.


RE: The point is...
By Piiman on 11/23/2011 6:05:42 PM , Rating: 1
"Without Apple, your android phone would have a keayboard, no GPS, no gyroscope and still use a trackball to move around icons. "

And you know this how? Do you really think Steve Jobs was the only person in the world to think of that stuff? Heck he probably didn't even think of it himself since he considered himself a great artist, he probably stole them.

If you ask me the only thing Apple has innovated was packaging.

After you buy your over price Apple product you do get a geewiz this must be a good product just look at this fancy packaging! It seems to have worked. I'll give him that.


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