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But, in fact, early years Apple did not pay attention to patent protection, the company has suffered deeply patent prosecution. New York Times has a long article revealed the Apple story behind becoming a patent Knight.
Jobs began to realize the importance of the patent after suffered the patent litigation troubled. At that time, on the eve of the iPhone was released ,all of the company prepared for the heavy-weight product. During this time, at the secret meeting Steve Jobs announced that,company effort to apply for the patent. According to Apple's former legal adviser Nancy Heinen said, Jobs' attitude was, as long as the company can think, should apply for a patent.
Soon, Apple engineers are called to participate in the invention disclosure held monthly. Allegedly, once Apple's technical team directly meet with three patent attorneys to common research which can apply for a patent.
At the scene, the first engineers talked about the problem of user settings in the software, and a lawyer said "This is a patent." And record it.
Then another engineer described the streamlined design in a popular application.
"This is a patent."
The lawyer said.
Another engineer describes some applications use the streamlined design.
"This is another patent."
The former Apple lawyer said, even if they know some of the patent application could not have passed, but they will still submit an application. Because even if unsuccessful, can reduce the success rate of other companies made similar applications.
Absurd patent system
The New York Times used Apple No.8086604 patent for example of the absurdity of the U.S. patent system. As one of the Siri patent, this voice and text search patent experience-based 9 application fails, apple final have the patent in last year.
Proved, Apple's paranoia was not in vain. In February of this year, Apple deployment of this patent to the lock-up application launched 17 models of Samsung devices, eventually a judge approved the ban order of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Software Experts said the view of the extensive use of voice search, Apple in this patent is likely to affect the value of 200 billion dollars in the smart phone business.
Absurdity is that Apple first application for this patent being granted, iPhone and Siri still Nothingness, the skin does not exist, Mao Yan covered? In addition, the drawbacks of the Patent Office understaffed, heavy workload and bad personnel system is one of the reasons for patent approval unfair . A Patent Office examiner said, every time he received a patent application, he have to write a report of 10 - 20 pages, to discuss the patent should be adopted or rejected. Clearly, the obsession repeatedly submit the application can increase the probability approved. Repeated application fee is a lot of money, but through language modification allows the inspector boredom resulting "release. Allegedly, the No. 8086804 patent is through repeatedly approved amendments to the minutiae of.
In fact much action in the patent war is far more than the Apple one, of course, nowhere near the number of Apple's patents to companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Samsung. Apple's aggressive usually also lead to a more vocal opposition. More importantly, the one or two giant may result in the entire industry into a poor competitive atmosphere. For those startups, although may be better in terms of creativity and technology, but in the number of patents obviously can not compete with the giants, fear crept in patent war, could eventually affect the development of the technology industry and the trend.
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