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Having a smaller market share may help a tiny bit too

Having a discussion with a source close to Japanese Android smartphone maker Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) I noted how remarkable it was that Sony had escaped any sort of litigation or publicly discussed licensing with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) or Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  While Apple hasn't sued everyone, it has sued most of the top Android phonemakers.  But Sony has escaped scott free.

How is it doing it?

Our source close to Sony confirms that he indeed knows the face of patent belligerence all to well, saying he's been called on as an expert to testify in several cases.  He remarks, "A lot of those [lawsuits] have been pretty frivolous."

When asked specifically about Microsoft and Apple and how Sony has escaped lawsuits (or licensing demands) he said, "We've had a number of discussions... We've been pretty successful at fending off these onslaughts... [laughs] I guess we should give credit to our lawyers."

So there you have it; the electronics industry has devolved into how good a lawyer team is.

Sony has reportedly used some lawyer "kung-fu" to avoid lawsuits.
[Image Source: Sony Pictures]

It's no wonder why some of the U.S.'s oldest and most respected federal judges are saying the patent system is broken in the U.S.  That same sentiment is also being echoed by top investors like Mark Cuban who bemoan the power of litigation to kill startups.

Sony for its part must have some pretty good lawyers.  After all, its latest and greatest Xperia phones have slide to unlock graphics (which other Android phonemakers have been sued over) and also have a "Cover Flow"-like transition animation (Apple owns a patent on Cover Flow's animations).

With its new "superphones" hitting the product stream, the phonemaker's remarkable ability to ward off Apple lawsuits may boost its profitability and sales, assuming that situation does not somehow shift.

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The Answer
By ViewRoyal on 1/12/2013 1:05:40 PM , Rating: -1
Here's how companies can avoid being sued by Apple... and they won't even need to spend millions of dollars employing high-priced lawyers.

All that any company needs to do to avoid being sued by Apple... is not to steal Intellectual Property from Apple. ;-)

Look at HTC, after being sued by Apple and losing in court, they have now struck a deal with Apple to license (instead of steal) Apple's technologies. HTC is not getting sued by Apple anymore.

They could have saved millions of dollars by doing the right thing in the first place!

RE: The Answer
By Solandri on 1/12/2013 2:33:19 PM , Rating: 3
All that any company needs to do to avoid being sued by Apple... is not to steal Intellectual Property from Apple. ;-)

What IP is that? They didn't invent smartphones, they didn't invent portable music players, they didn't invent touchscreens, they didn't invent gestures like pinch to zoom or slide to unlock, they didn't invent flat surfaces, and they didn't invent rounded corners. They do have patents on some of these, but only because the patent system is broken and awarding lots of patents which clearly have prior art.

Remember, just because the first time you saw something was on an Apple product doesn't mean Apple invented it. In most cases it's actually Apple which is the "thief" (the original inventor thought it was simple or obvious enough not to be patentable, so "thief" in quotes since I won't claim they "stole" something which the inventor obviously wasn't trying to protect).

RE: The Answer
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/12/13, Rating: 0
RE: The Answer
By drycrust3 on 1/12/2013 4:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
If by "AppleTools" you mean someone who has a some sort of extreme bias in favour of Apple Corp, then I think your comments are unjust. Having looked at some of Solandri's previous comments, they don't strike me as having a particular interest in favour of Apple Corp. They are well thought out arguments.
And with regard to your suggestion Solandri's account was recently created by some Apple fan to promote their views on Apple, you do know that Solandri has posted more comments than you, don't you? Not only that, his first comments were posted prior to your first postings as well.
All in all, I think you owe Solandri an apology.

RE: The Answer
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/12/2013 5:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you need to learn how to read. I wasn't talking about Solandri.

RE: The Answer
By drycrust3 on 1/12/2013 5:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I did indeed misunderstand.

RE: The Answer
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/12/2013 5:26:22 PM , Rating: 2
No worries :)

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