US judge Richard Posner threw a patent case between Apple and Motorola out of court because, although he had been looking forward to presiding over the trial between the two companies, he said: “I didn’t think I could have a trial just for fun”.
US judge Richard Posner threw a patent case between Apple and Motorola out of court because, although he had been looking forward to presiding over the trial between the two companies, he said: "I didn't think I could have a trial just for fun".
Posner spoke to Reuters about why he decided to shelve the case. He believes that unlike pharmaceutical companies, technology companies do not have any claim to intellectual property protection.
Pharmaceutical companies make an enormous investment to create a successful drug, while advances in software and other industries cost much less, he told Reuters.
He added that companies benefit simply from being first in the market with gadgets, which he says would still be a benefit to them even if there were no software patents.
However, despite his opinion, Posner said tech companies should not be blamed for jumping into court since they are just taking the opportunities that the legal system offers.
Reuters also spoke to John Allison, a Texas University professor who studies intellectual property rights. Allison disagreed with Posner, claiming that classifying industries for the purposes of intellectual property protection is "completely impractical" because talented lawyers could game the system.
US judge dismisses Apple patents lawsuit against MotorolaApple, Motorola patent suit revived by US JudgeU.S. judge cancels Motorola, Apple patent trialWho's suing Apple this week? Mobile patent lawsuits round-upHTC fends off Apple in UK patent lawsuit involving "slide to unlock" featureApple granted head-mounted display patentGoogle to push out patch to address Galaxy Nexus sales banUS court refuses to stay injunction on Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphoneTaiwan worries new Apple patent could target ultrabooksApple owns patent on most intuitive actions, reportGoogle becomes hardware company with $12.5B Motorola buy
Copyright 2009 IDG Magazines Norge AS. All rights reserved
Postboks 9090 Grønland - 0133 OSLO / firstname.lastname@example.org / Telefon 22053000
Ansvarlig redaktør Morten Kristiansen / Utviklingsansvarlig Ulf H. Helland / Salgsdirektør Jon Thore Thorstensen