Droplets Inc sues Apple over iTunes patent infringement

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    The lawsuits from and to Apple keep flying around, and today is no exception. Texas based Droplets Inc., is suing Apple for patent violations in the Apple website, iTunes, and the Apple movie trailers page.

    The suit, according to the Patently Apple website contends that the Droplets patent covers delivering interactive clickable links using object oriented methods. The patent was granted in 2000.

    Droplets is also suing Google, Facebook and Yahoo. The suit was filed in Texas Eastern District Court, generally considered to be a patent lawsuit friendly venue.[/p]

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    To be fair, it's only Apple getting a taste of their own medicine. On top of that, it sparks up the questions on what exactly can and should be patented... Thoughts?
     
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    Ermm...doesn't that patent just cover making a website with icons? WTF US PATENTS DEPT?!? WHY DO YOU GRANT SUCH WIDE AND STUPID PATENTS?!
     
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    My thoughts : unless you actually invented it yourself, then you should never (under ANY circumstances) be allowed to own a patent for it. Nobody should EVER be allowed to buy a patent off anybody else.
    If you attempt to file a patent for something already in use, they you should get a slap in the face.
     
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    It was filed in 2000. I'm sure that the patent didn't cover such a wide area at the time. Now it appears that everyone is doing it, and these people got there first.

    While I'd certainly like an alternative, I hope Droplets gets what's rightfully theirs.
     
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    i'm all for apple getting sued but this claim is just fucking ridiculous. that means they have to sue every website that using images for links!! [​IMG]
     
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    Sounds that way, but maybe we are just not reading it right. [​IMG]
     
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    Interactive as in, you scroll over the image, a list of other links and such is displayed. Not just picture links.
     
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    Guys, reading the patent, it's quite obvious that it wasn't such a broad patent back in the day. Skimming through it, though, one gets the feeling that they were racing to get this patent, I mean just read the summary:
    "System and method for delivering a graphical user interface of remote applications over a thin bandwidth connection."

    10 years ago, this meant something very different to what it does today.
     
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    Just thought of a great way to make serious amounts of money.
    1. Invent something really basic but brilliant for webdesign or UI programming design.
    2. Patent the damned thing.
    3. Sit on it for 10 years until what you have invented has become commonplace (albeit through original coding that you never had a part in)
    4. Sue the shit out of big companies using the technology
    5. PROFIT!

    Anyway, Patents are starting to get really confused in this world. Digital era has blurred things severely. Patents from 10 years ago resurface after having become common in usage just for the company owning to make money on it. Its hard to know what to do about it. Patents are specific yet..not. For instance Apple have a patent covering using a gesture to unlock a device for a touchscreen UI. This is something you literally HAVE to do when making a touchscreen UI. What it really should be is a copyright over their specific slidebar design to avoid people copying it. Giving ownership over ideas just confuses everything.
     
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    Finally, somebody got the balls to do it!
     
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    The balls to do what? Are you even aware how often apple gets sued? It's a lot more than they've sued other people. Even the Beatles sued them for calling themselves apple.
     
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    this is stupid. Interactive clickable links have been in use even before 2000. Flash links, for example. they're interactive, clickable, and usually link to something. games, animated adverts, et cetera all fall under this category.

    the patent pushing through and getting granted only means that those who reviewed it didn't know diddlysquat about what exactly is getting patented.
     
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    Not quite true, they sued them for being called Apple and getting involved in the music industry.
     
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    no that was the second time they sued. the first time was just over the "apple" and apple wasn't involved in the music industry at all back then.
     
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    Lol, next Mother Nature will sue Apple for their latest "iCloud". They stole the name Cloud.
     
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    "Mother Nature" speaks English?
     

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