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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.

Kung-Fu
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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RE: Kung Foo from Japan?
By augiem on 1/12/2013 1:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
BS. Ignorance != racist. It's exactly the same as someone calling a European/Western asia decent person "White".


RE: Kung Foo from Japan?
By Bubbacub on 1/13/2013 4:58:45 AM , Rating: 2
not quite - for example, imagine calling a person from a mediterranean country e.g. greece or spain and labelling them as english or swedish.

southern europeans look quite different to northern europeans even though indigenous european populations are all called 'white'

in the same way someone from vietnam looks quite different to someone from japan - though they may both be from east asia.

i totally agree that ignorance != racism. it is still however quite reasonable to be offended by ignorance (though it is less offensive than hateful malice)


RE: Kung Foo from Japan?
By AnnihilatorX on 1/13/2013 8:02:20 AM , Rating: 3
I am Chinese, I could imagine someone getting offended, not me though

I played the point and click puzzle game Resonnance. The producer have a Japanese wife, whom persumably did some of the voice work (there was a few Japanese dialogue in the predominantly English game). In the game, a detective, after seeing the woman dressed in kimono whom gave him an origami crane; the detective made a remark something along the lines of: I don't understand what this woman was speaking, some Chinese.

I couldn't stop laughing.


RE: Kung Foo from Japan?
By retrospooty on 1/13/2013 3:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... Reminds me of a classing from King of the hill - when meeting the new Asian neighbor

Dale: So are you Chinese or Japanese?

Khan: I am from Laos. Its a landlocked country between Vietnam and Thailand you stupid redneck, Do you understand? LAOTIAN.

Dale: Ya, I understand, you're Laotian....... So is that Chinese or Japanese?


RE: Kung Foo from Japan?
By augiem on 1/13/2013 7:06:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
not quite - for example, imagine calling a person from a mediterranean country e.g. greece or spain and labelling them as english or swedish.


And its entirely plausible that that happens. Certainly possible for people to confuse Portuguese and Spanish, or even Italian. How about Eastern Europe? Do people really expect that their country of origin must be immediately identifiable by sight by people with little contact with people from their country? Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Polish, Ukranian, etc. Everyone in the former Soviet Union would be identified as Russian by most people around the world.

So my point was, it's ridiculous to say that is racism to not know where someone is from or what language they are speaking/writing.


RE: Kung Foo from Japan?
By augiem on 1/13/2013 8:58:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Polish, Ukranian, etc. Everyone in the former Soviet Union would be identified as Russian by most people around the world.


Let's clarify those two sentences as separate thoughts:

Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Polish, Ukranian, etc. Can eveyone around the world differentiate these people and their languages and identify them by their country of origin? And I'm sure everyone from a country in the former Soviet Union would probably be identified as Russian by most people around the world.


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