LXer: Is Apple using patents to hurt open standards?
Published at LXer:
Haavard's conclusion is that there is a pattern of behavior here; that Apple is trying to disrupt the standards process with its patent claims. He references the touch specification in particular—this is plainly an area where Apple has lots of expertise and interest in the technology, but the company opted out of working on the specification. If Apple had worked on the specification, it would have had to disclose sooner and offer licensing, and Haavard believes that avoiding this commitment is why Apple refused to work on the specification.
Yes, Apple is a patent troll, and would be an evil empire if M$ didn't exist. Apple is just as evil if not more so than M$.
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