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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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Google same game since 2001
By vision33r on 11/22/2011 5:13:17 PM , Rating: -1
Google just copies or duplicates other successful entrants in the technology market place.

Remember when it 1st started?

Android copied RIM at 1st with a tile of icons and requires a keyboard and that thumbstick to control.

Then 2006, Android suddenly pulled an iPhone and had touch screen, apps, and "pushed" email.

Remember RIM paid $525 million to NTP to settle "pushed" email and Google got away with not paying a dime for "pushed" email.

Essentially Google got away right now for not paying for iPhone's conceptual design which is a touchscreen multimedia PDA with app store, gyro, GPS built-in technology in one year after Apple started selling the iphone to the world.

Eric Schmidt happens to be on the board of directors at Apple certainly helped give Google the inside track on Apple's secret device.

Google is the only company to have a competing OS ready in such a short window, it is obvious they had someone inside Apple leaking information.

RE: Google same game since 2001
By drycrust3 on 11/23/2011 2:46:36 AM , Rating: 3
Google is the only company to have a competing OS ready in such a short window, it is obvious they had someone inside Apple leaking information.

Android was released under open source licences from 21 October, 2008 until March 2011. If there was any code in it that was copied from iOS then not only could Apple have checked to see if Android breached copyright, I'm quite sure they would have found it and sued Google (or whoever) for breaching copyright. Since Apple haven't complained about breaches of copyright, then it stands to reason the code in Android wasn't ever sourced from Apple.
In regards to taking such a short time to write your own OS, since Android was released under an open source licence, and since it claims to have used the Linux 2.6 kernel, then it stands to reason that there were other components in it that were also obtained from the open source community, thus it is quite understandable for the development time to be much shorter than if Google set out to write their own OS (by about several thousand man years). As I understand GPL Licencing, there isn't anything illegal about Google doing this, and since Google regularly contribute to the Linux community, one can argue it is a fair exchange.

RE: Google same game since 2001
By matty123 on 11/23/2011 9:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
Oh please what a bunch of absolute nonesense...

Taken from apple's own press release

CUPERTINO, California—August 29, 2006 —Apple® today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, was elected to Apple’s board of directors at their meeting today. Eric also sits on Google’s board of directors and Princeton University’s board of trustees.


Taken From wikipedia

Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005.[12] The unveiling of the Android distribution on November 5, 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 84 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.[13][14][15][16] Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software license.[17] The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.[18]


Google publicly purchased the Android.Inc in 2005 a full year before Eric Shmidt was asked to join apple's board, also android was started by the Android.Inc team in 2003

Also do some more research, the often touted blackberry esque phone that apple fans love to put forward as the only android prototype was only one of many android prototypes that were all released at roughly the same time, androids first prototypes had touchscreen phones {like the iphone} and keyboard phones {like blackberry} and you can still get keyboard and touchscreen androids today.


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