Friday, October 16, 2015

Apple is learning an expensive lesson about universities - The Washington Post

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"Apple is almost sure to appeal, and it could very well get the fines reduced further or eliminated, as it did with another recent patent case this year. Still, the ruling represents a stinging rebuke for a company that has spent years accusing its rival, Samsung, of essentially stealing its hardware designs.

There's one big difference between Apple's war with Samsung and its battle with the University of Wisconsin. While the former involves a fight with another tech giant, the latter pits Apple against a research institution, one that doesn't manufacture any products with its patents. As a result, the case falls smack into the middle of a debate on patent litigation reform that Congress has spent the last two years trying to resolve, at the behest of tech companies and retail businesses on the one side, and universities, pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms on the other."
Apple is learning an expensive lesson about universities - The Washington Post
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