Originally Posted by XNine
That was asinine. Seriously, Apple is playing the game. If there's anyone that should be blamed it's the patent system and how it works. Samsung would sue Apple if it were the other way around. If Apple invented and patented a technology, then, by all means, it is theirs. If Samsung creates something and patents a technology, then, by all means, it is theirs.
Companies protect their intellectual property. That's part of the business game. Don't like it? Then change the patent system, until you do, every company will keep suing each other. Simple as that.
I mostly agree. The amount of regulation that covers patents is not as robust as it should be. Patents are also not reviewed as thoroughly as they should be. Why is it that companies that specifically search through patent databases to distinguish claims that are of similar scope are that much more thorough than patent offices? The situation is no better with employees at those offices being incentivized to approve patents.
However, I think the main issue is not necessarily only design patents, but software patents. Their introduction has led to an immense catalog of millions, and thousands upon thousands of them describe very conceptually identical features. The most reform needs to be in that particular area, such that ideas that are simply not that novel, including pinch-to-zoom, scrolling galleries, etc. cannot be licensed. Companies should never have been granted rights to any of those features, given that they are not so completely innovative, and it has nothing to do with the interface's underlying code. I'm sure that most developers would agree that it makes no sense to be patenting a technology based on basic descriptions, rather than the actual code.Edited by Ikrin - 10/13/11 at 1:21am