It ain't over yet. Let's join f0dder and bring plenty of popcorn (pretzels for 40hz!) and beer. This is gonna be a long one, I'm sure.
On second thought, let's do a kegger and have some barbeque while we're at it. Don't forget to throw on some pineapple/veggie kebabs for Mouser!
Two disturbing articles spotted courtesy of OS News.
This one describes how Apple has recently gotten into bed with a heavily funded patent troll: Link here
Apple Made a Deal with the Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)
Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Dec 2011 10:09 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Apple Just when I thought the company I once admired greatly couldn't sink any lower. "Over the last two years, Apple has been engaged in vicious legal battles over smartphone patents, many of which are aimed at squelching (or squeezing money out of) manufacturers of devices running Android. And now, for some reason, it has given valuable patents to a patent troll - which is using them to sue many of the top technology companies in the world."
Link to referenced article here
The next article details how Apple has continued to use abusive patent filings and litigation practices to impede the creation of open standards. Link here
Apple Using Patents to Undermine Open Standards Again
Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Dec 2011 23:10 UTC
Think companies only use patents to block competition? Heck no, they apparently also use them to hinder the w3c standards process. As Opera's Haavard details, Apple is yet again using patents (or even just patent applications) to hinder or block the development of open standards. Sickening.
Link to referenced article (very good read btw) here
On a more positive note, is this article
which discusses the issue of "obviousness" as it relates to Apple's iPad. This article is probably one of the most interesting I've seen in quite some time. Hopefully, a judge with a brain (along with the appeals court that Apple will file with if sanity and common sense prevails) will read and digest this article along with the links found within. A must
read for Apple friend and foe alike.
The CrunchPad is Proof the iPad was Obvious
posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Dec 2011 23:41 UTC
The CrunchPad (and its eventual consumer incarnation the JooJoo) is often presented as prof of obviousness in the iPad's design. For the first time, we have an interesting insider view on this matter - Nik Cubrilovic was involved with Micheal Arrington's CrunchPad project from the very beginning, and has written a lengthy blog post about how the CrunchPad really is proof the iPad's design was obvious.
Most of the time, arguments surrounding prior art and obviousness come from lawyers and their drummed up experts in court cases. It's also pretty common for us regular folk to discuss these matters. What isn't common, however, is to have someone who actually worked on a product that makes up prior art and/or proof of obviousness in important and possibly far-reaching legal cases provide his or her view.
Nik Cubrilovic worked on the CrunchPad project (he even built prototypes), and thus, can offer interesting insights into this matter. "[The CrunchPad] was an attempt to build a cheap tablet computer and we started the project a full two years before the iPad was announced. Apple is attempting to patent protect features of a design that we had published years before the iPad was announced. Our own designs were inspired by previous tablet designs, and minimalism in a tablet wasn't first seen with Apple and the iPad," he details, "We had no idea about the iPad, nor the patents, and I would consider us to be ordinary observers, and the design we came up with is exactly like what iPad became."