Monday, February 23, 2009

Just because I hate Apple inc.

This from Daily Tech: LINK

Now another significant landmark has been passed by Apple,... In January, for the first time in almost a year, total Windows PC sales growth surpassed that of Apple. Apple sales and revenue dropped 6 percent and 11 percent respectively during the month of January compared to December.

Windows PCs, on the other hand, saw sales increase by 13 percent.


Lets see them keep singing to the tune of "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." It's too bad that it seems everybody else does Apple...

Also, if you think apple will live up to their threats on palms pre interface think again. Engadget.com did a nice little comparison of pattent infringments between the two devices (remember, between their many devices since 1992 palm has made something with pretty much every feature the Iphone has...)

If you're going to say that the Pre crosses the boundaries of Apple's spring-back edge scrolling patent, you're really not in a position to say that the iPhone doesn't similarly ape Palm's call-management patent -- or the brightness patent, or the contacts patent, or the dim-during-sync patent, or... you get the idea. Apple might be the more infamous IP juggernaut, but Palm has literally hundreds of patents of its own, and we managed to dig up four that seem to directly implicate the iPhone in just a few hours of searching. Imagine what Palm's lawyers could do, armed with their actual knowledge of what Palm owns and the motivation of some serious hourly fees.

Speaking of tidy sums, we haven't even begun to talk about the money involved here, and it's a lot -- enough to seriously tip the scales. Let's say Palm were to win: not only might Apple lose its patents, the court would at the very least award Palm royalties for the patents the iPhone infringes, and at over 16m iPhones sold so far, even a few percentage points adds up fast -- we're talking hundreds of millions of dollars. If Apple wins? Well, Palm hasn't sold any Pres yet, so its exposure to royalty payments is much lower -- and potentially losing some older patents it may or may not even be using doesn't seem like a terrible punishment.

1 comment:

Lucas said...

That would be such a fun court case...

What I don't understand is why, if plam has a good case and many millions to gain, they don't sue over it. I mean if these sorts of patents cant be enforced then why should the exist at all?