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Apple vs. Samsung: In America, Even a 'Fart' can be Patented! (Trouw, The Netherlands)

 

"The outcome of the legal battle between Apple and Samsung illustrates the failure of patent law - and certainly U.S. patent law. Apple rejoices that the judgment has made it clear that stealing is prohibited. That is true. But that begs the question of what you can make your own property. ... The U.S. patent regime has ballooned so much that every fart can be patented. That is absurd."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Marion Pini

 

August 31, 2012

 

The Netherlands - Trouw - Original Article (Dutch)

The Samsung Galaxy smart phone: Did the decision last week by a U.S. court that the company infringed on Apple patents go too far?

 

ASKER TV VIDEO, TURKEY: Japan Court Rules Samsung Did Not Infringe Apple Patents, Aug. 31, 00:00:58RealVideo

During a home game in California, Apple scored a victory against their rival Samsung. The South Korean company has to pay Apple $1 billion for supposedly violating patents with its Galaxy smart phone. The verdict was celebrated by Apple, but is bad news for the telecom industry, consumers and ultimately for Apple itself.

 

The fact that members of the jury stated afterwards that of course they preferred "their" iPhones left a bitter aftertaste. A lawsuit like this, technically complicated as it is, does not lend itself to jury trial. But that is another matter.

 

The key is that the outcome of the legal battle between Apple and Samsung illustrates the failure of patent law - and certainly U.S. patent law. Apple rejoices that the judgment has made it clear that stealing is prohibited. That is true. But that begs the question of what you can make your own property.

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The (American) patent regime has ballooned so much that every fart can be patented. A device that fits in the palm of your hand therefore contains tens of thousands of patents. That is absurd.

 

Patents exist to protect intellectual property. And that protection is justified because it allows an inventor to exploit his invention. If that option is not available, it doesnít pays to invent, and innovation comes to a halt.

 

In that sense, a patent system is good. But if it becomes so extensive that everything can be patented, it also brings innovation to a halt. Because one canít think of anything new without infringing patents, none of which you knew existed.

 

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Apple is well within its rights to protect its inventions. And Apple certainly isnít alone in this respect. But the wide swath of potential for such actions lead to trench warfare and stagnation. That is bad for the industry, and it is bad for the consumer.

 

Based on today's technology, the technology of tomorrow should be able to emerge. That is in the interests of all players, even if it could lead to a change of who is on top.

 

Apple presents itself as an innovative company. In fact, Apple inhibits innovation, and the company is primarily a champion at extending a monopolistic position - a monopolistic position that it will lose anyway. Apple is taking a rearguard action, made possible by a bankrupt patent system.

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