Apple iPhone and Apple iPad could be banned in U.S. following ITC patent review
0. phoneArena 25 Jun 2012, 22:09 posted on
The ITC on Monday said it would review an April ruling that found that Apple had infringed on Motorola patent relating to Wi-Fi; if so inclined, the Judge could put a ban on the import into the U.S. of Apple's devices that include the offending technology...
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95. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
This would be terrible for everyone. Remember what happened to Blackberry when it became apparent they had no competition? What's the incentive for Android to improve if it has no competiton? (Sorry WP....)
The fact that these two OSs compete against each other is great for the consumer, whether you support both, or entirely loathe one of them.
97. lauremar (Posts: 180; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
I don't think a ban will happen but Apple will end up wasting tons of its cold hard cash on a settlement and to keep the said iDevices on the market. The fact that Apple is very tight with their profits up to a point where they don't like giving it to shareholders or to charity just like Microsoft does is a HUGE blow to the fruit company.
103. hepresearch (unregistered)
This really is rediculous. Just as rediculous as Apple trying to get Samsung and HTC devices banned... just as rediculous as Microsoft trying to get Motorola devices banned... I said a long time ago that no one should be banning anyone, and that this just wastes the money of the CONSUMERS... because either way WE end up paying for all of this litigation and losing choices that we would otherwise have. I am just as disappointed to see Apple potentially under the guillotine, even though they ARE undeniably evil...
109. VZWuser76 (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
EXACTLY! This patent war can only end badly for the consumer. First, you have choices taken away. If it gets down to one OS, then what. The manufacturer with that OS has no competition. If there is no competition, what is their incentive to innovate or keep updating devices beyond a few months? NONE. If they're the only game in town, they can do what they want, how they want, with no fear of the consequences, because it's either their product or nothing. I don't like Android getting banned, just as I don't like Apple getting banned, or Microsoft, or RIM, etc. It doesn't matter what I may like, if my choice of OS manages to ban everything else, my experience with them will go downhill pretty quick. And forget about a new OS coming into the scene. If the current OS has all the patents, how is a new company/OS going to be able to get a foot in the door?
I see nothing wrong with having healthy competition, like "my OS is better than yours" between the groups, because it makes them strive to one up each other. When that happens, we get better products, and usually at better prices, win-win for the consumer.
But what this patent war is really doing is eliminating the market that capitalism is built on. One company makes a product, another comes along to compete, and another, etc. It forces them to build a better product for a better price, or risk closing up shop. The products that combine quality, value, features, & innovation, will rise to the top. The ones that don't fall to the bottom. It's natural selection in the business world.
Patents were made to compensate people for their ingenuity. If someone else wants to use their ideas, they need to be compensated for it. And when I say their ideas, that should mean not just the general idea, but how it's implemented. Otherwise you'll have someone who patents an idea for using turbines for a hover car. If someone else uses turbines as well, but in a different way, their implementation should not fall under the first person's patent. But the point is the patent system was made to compensate, not eliminate. If someone is found to be infringing on someone's patent, they should compensate them, either monetarily or otherwise, and within reason. If they continue to infringe without compensating, THEN they should be banned. But leveraging your patents to eliminate competition from the start goes against the whole idea of capitalism. Our economy depends on balance for it to work. If it gets out of balance, we start having issues.
So no matter what OS you prefer, just remember you rely on their competition to make your manufacturer or OS of choice strive to beat them. Otherwise you are at their mercy.
107. skymitch89 (Posts: 982; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
It's sad that when Apple is the one that's being fired at because of a patent infringement, they use FRAND as an excuse to keep using it. Yet when Apple is the doing the firing because of a patent infringement, FRAND cannot be used against them. I hope that justice is served and that Apple is blocked from importing the iPhone & iPad, but you know that Apple will do almost anything so that their "precious devices" will not get banned.
108. JimCanning (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Just like governments. Nothing but BS and someone trying to get more for themselves. What's the payoff cost ITC? Apple will undoubtedly pay it like everyone else. Gotta line those pockets don't you?
121. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Yet it's perfectly fine when apple does it to, oh, LITERALLY EVERY OTHER MANUFACTURER. You suck.
125. Xperia42 (Posts: 60; Member since: 30 May 2012)
f**k APPLE, GO ANDROID, I FEEL BAD FOR THE iUSERS ACTUALLY I DONT f**k APPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!