Originally Posted by Foolsmasher
Apple took a pretty big risk by bringing a Tablet computer to the market that nobody was really demanding, and that many cynics predicted would be a failure. If I'm Apple, once my tablet becomes successful after my rather large risk, I get to sit back and watch every Joe Schmoe electronics manufacturer release the same product as me. And thanks to my success in the tablet market, there's now a demand for their product as well.
Well you know what, I'd be pretty unhappy about that and if there was a way for me to keep that from happening, such as the patents I applied for, you can bet your bottom dollar that I'm going to do all I can to keep my competitors below me on the food chain. All the players have to abide by the same rules in the patent game, and if you're violating one of my patents then that's just too bad for you.
This ten times.
It seems like many people here are saying "yeah we know it's the patent system's fault but still Apple should not take advantage from it!"
If you are one of these people, read:
You can blindly hate or you can sit back, watch the situation from afar, and think. Did you know any tablets doing web browsing/games/eBook reader/whatever before the iPad. No. And if you did, was it something mainstream advertised in the streets or on TV? No.
That's where it gets interesting.
Apple created a market (made it much larger, whatever). Samsung and others probably thought of the tablet concept but simply brushed it off thinking it was too risky and not worth it. Apple took the risk. Apple being Apple, the iPad was marketed down our throat and well it's a great success.
What are Samsung and others doing? Basically taking Apple's idea and making their own version of the iPad. Sure their products are good and it's good for us customers, competition = better prices/products.
Still, just put yourself in Apple's shoes. You took a risk, invested in marketing/ R&D, tried to develop a concept that would please a large enough number of customers to make it worth it and what are others doing? basically copying you as soon as they see what you're doing works. You made a cake by yourself, and now you have a whole bunch of greedy kids wanting a piece of it without helping you making it.
What do you do? you try to stop them with every weapon at your disposal. Luckily, you happen to have a patent very generously protecting your idea: you use it.
See, Apple's side is not as dark as it looked like once you think about it objectively.
To clear things up: I am not okay at all with the verdict
, as a customer I'm all for competition. Still I can't just blame Apple like you are all doing. Apple is defending itself, that's all. Sure they're using dirty tricks, but why in hell would they compete on an equal foot with the people who are taking advantage of the opportunity they alone created.Edited by MacA - 8/15/11 at 9:29pm