12 August 2012
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Apple says it has no interest in licensing its patents, it want to shut out any competition

The case  started in the San Jose courtroom where Apple and Samsung have been argued a high-profile patent infringement case. The jury seemed to be dozing off, and a Samsung lawyer briefly flashed an image of source code meant for-the-jury’s-eyes only. But the two witnesses to take the stand for Apple had some interesting comments about the way Apple licenses its intellectual property—it doesn’t.

Apple likes to patent software that have already been done and is trivial in nature. They know they can bamboozle the patent office into giving them a patent even if it is patently absurd because then they can sue the competition.

Boris Teskler said that Steve Jobs and Tim Cook complained to Samsung when the Korean company introduced phones that looked and acted so similarly to the iPhone in 2010. Apple then exhibited a presentation to the jury that it allegedly gave to Samsung in 2010 before any legal action was taken. The presentation detailed the patents Apple believed Samsung was infringing upon.

Samsung’s lawyers thought spending time to question Apple’s witness about his methodology seemed unfair, but when they objected Judge Lucy Koh overruled. Hauser’s report estimated that users would pay a $100 price premium for smartphone features and a $90 premium for tablet features “associated with the patents at issue in this case.” Apple then let Samsung grill Hauser as to how exactly he came up with those numbers.

“Hauser was taken to task for only showing what customers might be willing to pay for Apple’s patented features even though the same study could have also offered a price for other things such as cameras, storage and other features,”

By the end of the day, the judge announced that Apple had used 11hrs and 35 minutes of its time in the case, while Samsung has used 12 hrs and 16 minutes. Samsung will have to use whatever remains after Apple presents to argue its own case.

So Apple has all these trivial software patents that they like to call “look and feel” and they want to shut out any competition. Forget that they already have 2/3rds of the market those greedy bastards want it all!

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