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From the list of patents and patent applications published by Patently-O, the patents and patent applications appear to cover a number of wireless technologies. Two linked applications, for example, cover two examples of multiple-in, multiple out (MIMO) systems, which generally covers the multiple antennas used by wireless networking. Naturally, Apple could use the technology in either the iPhone, the iPad, or the iPod touch.
Le Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385859,00.asp

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Apple Inc. recently recorded the receipt of 200 patents and pending patent applications from the electronics company Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Although not recorded until May 18, 2011, the assignment is dated April 11, 2011. Freescale began as a division of Motorola in 1949 and spun-off in 2003. Some of the patents transferred originally belonged to Motorola.
2nd Source: http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2011...freescale.html

Business is business, but I can see Apple becomming a patent troll.
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Wow.
Patent trolls indeed.
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Why would Apple ever need to become a patent troll?

Besides, they don't manufacturer everything themselves and will always depend on cross-licensing agreements with other companies.
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Why would Apple ever need to become a patent troll?

Besides, they don't manufacturer everything themselves and will always depend on cross-licensing agreements with other companies.
Totally agree with DuckieHo here plus who cares if they are patent trolls. They are just protecting their investments as any other business does.
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Well, if Apple decides to make something they no longer have to license it if one of the patents they bought covers their product, whatever it may be. Possibly a good thing, could lower cost of production and thus lower cost of their devices.
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Well, if Apple decides to make something they no longer have to license it if one of the patents they bought covers their product, whatever it may be. Possibly a good thing, could lower cost of production and thus lower cost of their devices.
That made me chuckle

Are all of apples thousands of patents different? I can't imagine what they would all be, did they patent a rounded corner with a 0.5" radius?

edit: my comment sounds trollish, which was unintentional. I just wonder how a company like Apple can have so many patents
Edited by col musstard - 5/25/11 at 11:10pm
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That made me chuckle

Are all of apples thousands of patents different? I can't imagine what they would all be, did they patent a rounded corner with a 0.5" radius?

edit: my comment sounds trollish, which was unintentional. I just wonder how a company like Apple can have so many patents
Pretty easy. Considering they were the first personal computer company, they made printers, scanners, iPods, music and video technology. Apple isn't new, ya know. They've been around for 30 years. Kinda easy to wrack up patents for devices that you plan on creating. Most innovative tech company in history.

I know that doesn't sit well with the Anti-Apple fanatics here on OCN. But, the truth hurts the nubs.
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Le Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385859,00.asp



2nd Source: http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2011...freescale.html

Business is business, but I can see Apple becomming a patent troll.
Becoming? I already consider them to be with the stupid patent lawsuits they have been rolling out.

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Pretty easy. Considering they were the first personal computer company, they made printers, scanners, iPods, music and video technology. Apple isn't new, ya know. They've been around for 30 years. Kinda easy to wrack up patents for devices that you plan on creating. Most innovative tech company in history.

I know that doesn't sit well with the Anti-Apple fanatics here on OCN. But, the truth hurts the nubs.
Um, no. They were basically the first successful PC company. Not the first period (hint: there were PC's available for purchase before Steve Jobs was born). Most of their "innovation" was marketing to begin with. Sadly, pretty much all of it has been since Jobs went solo. No Wozniak, no care.

By the way, Apple can lick Xerox's boots in the innovative department.
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Pretty easy. Considering they were the first personal computer company, they made printers, scanners, iPods, music and video technology. Apple isn't new, ya know. They've been around for 30 years. Kinda easy to wrack up patents for devices that you plan on creating. Most innovative tech company in history.

I know that doesn't sit well with the Anti-Apple fanatics here on OCN. But, the truth hurts the nubs.

That is true, if you read the history about computer...

Apple build the first PC before Microsoft did
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Pretty easy. Considering they were the first personal computer company, they made printers, scanners, iPods, music and video technology. Apple isn't new, ya know. They've been around for 30 years. Kinda easy to wrack up patents for devices that you plan on creating. Most innovative tech company in history.

I know that doesn't sit well with the Anti-Apple fanatics here on OCN. But, the truth hurts the nubs.
They don't really seem all that innovative. They just take existing things and modernize them. Ipod = walkman+PDA(Which they made - the Newton) which anyone could see coming a mile away. iTunes = Napster with options to take your money and sync up like any PDA at the time. iPhone = PDA+Cell Phone+Ipod. Ipad large iPhone. Then they just add basic improvements until stock starts slowing then they revise.

Innovation seems to have little to do with their success. They are marketing geniuses, though. They have Apple fans wrapped around their fingers, even defending them when they release broken products.

DrDarkTemplar, I don't really recall MS making PCs. They started out as a software company, did they not? So I'm not sure where the comparison is.
     
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