Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
jducoeur

Apple as bad guy

Yes, I know that not everyone is as exercised by the patent problem as I am. But I continue to be of the general opinion that software patents are vastly more trouble than they are worth, impeding both competition and innovation, directly against everything that the patent system was supposed to accomplish. They're destructive of the industry, and companies that use them offensively are The Bad Guys, far as I'm concerned.

The latest example comes from Apple, who are apparently trying to sue HTC into submission. They've filed a complaint alleging a host of patent violations, and it's possible that it's even true, but my sympathy for Apple is less than nil. People often defend software patents as purely defensive in nature, but so far I have no evidence that that's true here: this is simply Apple trying to squash their competitors through legal means, or force them to knuckle under to secret licensing agreements. Even Microsoft is rarely quite *this* blatant.

(Yes, I'm pissed off. I happen to be fond of the Android platform, and that appears to be what Apple is trying to indirectly crush here, by going after its primary manufacturer...)
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