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quote: I don't see how swiping a different direction across the screen is 'clunky' as I find it more convenient.John
quote: If the patent is found to be valid - then your scenario will exist, but I would suggest that your argument should be with the patent and legal system, rather than Apple.
quote: All companies will try to protect whatever they can, to whatever extent they can.
quote: However, regardless of ruling I still take issue with Apple submitting patent proposals on something that someone else came up with, and furthermore, already has patents on it. Such actions are costly to the court system and the companies under attack.
quote: I've never found the "Everyone does it" argument to be particularly compelling, even if it is true. Though, I find it entirely unlikely that Apples legal counsel didn't know about the prior art. As such, the patent in question seems more like a way to inflict short term damage on competitors through injunctions and legal costs. Apple has far more cash on hand for these court cases than their competitors.
quote: That said, I find this articles topic, FRAND abuse, a far more grievous concern , so let's evaluate that for a moment. Motorola offers licenses to everyone, including Apple, so the point of contention is "fair" and "non-discriminatory". As I understand it, Motorola is licensing its IP at the same rate (2.25%) as it does for everyone else. So not discriminatory.
quote: I think this is a little disingenuous. You state 'someone else came up with' as if that is a matter of fact. Even if that is what you believe, it isn't necessarily what Apple believes.
quote: I think 'Every company does it' is a compelling argument. You have to bear in mind that companies are not human entities - they do not necessarily adhere to 'morals' except where doing so increases profit. It is almost their duty to maximise the income from their intellectual property such as patents, and they have to work off the assumption that their competitors will do the same - legally, of course.
quote: Your claim of a 'short term' aim when referring to a patent filed 7 years ago with no knowledge of what would happen in subsequent years would appear contradictory
quote: all the companies in question can handle the legal costs since they have in-house legal teams anyway, and no actual damage has been done yet.
quote: What Apple is doing, arguably, is allowing their own patent every chance to realize its full value.
quote: Apple feel a little aggrieved that everyone else duplicated what they believed was a protected idea.