Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The UniSys GIF Patent as a Sobering Lesson to a Greedy Patent World

This is somewhat dated but still a good read on patent abuse, especially on how UniSys virtually eliminated use of the GIF format with the kind of consummate greed that we today see daily in the PC, tablet, pad, mobile phone and smartphone industries.

See Scott Kane at The Recursive ISV in Software Patents - Patently Appalling.

Owning the Value Chain is the Key to Profits in the Mobile Industry

Work for a living?
No. "OWN the value chain."

We heard that a news reporter looking for a story allegedly once asked the late millionaire playboy, talented photographer and visionary art collector Gunter Sachs, who inherited a family automobile-based fortune and married movie star Brigitte Bardot, what he was "working on" at that moment.

Sachs allegedly replied in serious humor that he was "working" on nothing, because, as he had said, "you can't earn anything "working"". And that is undoubtedly true, because we know a lot of working people who in fact earn very little, while those who earn the most do so by "not working", at least, not in the normal meaning of the term.

A modern version of Sachs might for example "do patents".

As they say at Matt Asay at The Register,
Apple and Samsung mobile monsters: 'We only eat RAW CASH'.

Also take a look at Asay's earlier writing:
Apple's patent insanity infects Silicon Valley: Patent trolls go nuclear

Intellectual Property Battles Dominated 2012 Tech World, Writes Jim Kerstetter at CNET News

For the tech world, 2012 was:

A year of patents, mobile fights, and one big IPO,
but, as written by Jim Kerstetter at CNET News,
"nothing dominated the news like the fight over intellectual property".
Kerstetter writes inter alia:
"... one story dominated them all this year: the U.S. patent system.

... why are people so upset?

... It's because we all finally know what patents mean and how easily the process can be abused.

... We saw how patents can affect the technology we use... and we didn't like it."
Read the whole thing.
It is a nicely written article on this vexing topic.

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