More Slashdot Humour
Regarding Apple’s alleged patent infringements….
You can not enforce a patent until it is actually approved. So other people can go ahead and develop similar things, sell, and market them – and there is nothing you can do besides issuing them a stern letter from a lawyer. Now, once you get the patent it is a different story. You can sue and either get money (“forced” licensing) or get the other guys to stop. Of course the defendants will claim that the patent covers something obvious and try to get the patent overturned. Of course what is obvious now, may not have been so in 1999 or whenever Apple started selling iPods/using iTunes – so it will be fun to see what happens.
alta replied :
That’s exactly why I just filed for a patent for having sex with an android or similarly computer controled non-sentient beings. You may think this is stupid now, but in 10 years when I get my patent I’m going after whoever makes the iHooker!