Before all tech sites went 'patent news' mad hardly any tech reader would care about what patents went where until, of course, the post counts increased. Now we have to read about all the wonderful patent information. yay
When they use vague terms like "portable media players" and then say its not limited to just those devices, they are practically giving themselves a 360 view for targeting potential suing victims.
Why do they allow such vague detailing in patents? I can understand wanting to give the company's idea the freedom to grow, but at the cost of destroying every other tech on that plane due to the defined similarities is not for the greater good. It's like choosing the greater evil over the lesser.
[citation][nom]pharoahhalfdead[/nom]"It may be difficult, however, it may be nearly impossible for Microsoft to enforce the patent due to the existence of prior art..."Apple patented prior art, but then again, some might well argue a favoritism towards Apple and against opponents.[/citation]
Some would argue that the US has a favoritism towards American companies when going against overseas companies
It must be the best job in the world: simply sitting on your ass then dreaming & digging up random tech to patent. You don't even have to develop a product. All you need is Visio, a functioning brain and some lawyers. Where do I sign up?