When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer dealing specifically with patent lawsuits.
Jokes aside, we are, by now, pretty familiar with the weary subject of patent lawsuits and how all these mobile companies are throwing them around like snowballs in winter. Seeing opportunity to strike and strike freely, they will. Especially here in the U.S., the subject is getting kind of out of hand and we can’t seem to get by a week that is free of a new patent lawsuit. Bearing in mind that patent lawsuits happens everywhere and every day but it is getting to an unpleasant level when it concerns mobile technology. Some companies make it their business to patent every single little new thing in hope of charging someone else a heap load of money even when they are a whisper away from the original patent.
Apple is one of the biggest culprit in all of this but to be fair, Apple is not the only company doing it. It is safe to say that most large companies are holding onto their patents and buying up companies that has registered trademarks on their shelves and treating them like backup ammunition.
Thankfully, judges are not blind to the game. Some courts have thrown out some atrocious claims and suits by trying to understand the industry and applying the right law in a fair manner. However, suffice to say that Apple’s caused some major, massive damage to some of its competitors.
We know Samsung’s had their fair share of lawsuits but it seems that other companies like Nokia, LG and HTC are taking swipes at each other too. The challenge has been going on for quite a number of years, in fact.
People who have been following these lawsuits say that the problem lies not just in the mindset of the people launching these attacks but there is something gravely wrong with the law itself.
The last we heard about the fiasco is that President of the United States, President Obama is not liking the new trend either. His team has come up with ways to impose new legislation in hope of curbing this problem but his main target will be companies that blatantly register these patents without using the said technology. The President have set up a team called The White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues to deal with PAE, Patent Assertion Entities. Their target will be businesses with no products or service of their own and their main aim is to leverage and hijack another person’s idea in order to make money out of the patents that they have registered.
It probably won’t stop Apple and the others from going after each others’ necks but we can safely say that it is the right move in the right direction. We have got to start somewhere.
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