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Apple v/s Microsoft. (APPLE'S IPOD PATENT GAFFE)

ChilianFuckFace

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APPLE'S IPOD PATENT GAFFE

Computer firm Apple may have to pay Microsoft £6 for each iPod it sells after a huge licensing lapse.

Lawyers at Bill Gates' firm filed a patent for technology behind the hugely successful digital music player two months before Apple.


The US Patent Office has ruled that Microsoft has the right to charge competitors a licence fee for each iPod sold.

Furious, Apple has said it will appeal the decision but at the moment it looks as though the firm will be paying a high price for the success of its product.

The iPod was launched in November 2001 but Apple waited until July 2002 to file for a patent; Microsoft snuck in to license some of the technology the previous May.

David Kaefer, Microsoft's director of intellectual property licensing, said it was open to letting other firms patent its innovations.

He said: "In general, our policy is to allow others to license our patents so they can use our innovative methods in their products.

"Microsoft and Apple have previously licensed their respective patent portfolios to one another and we maintain a good working relationship with Apple."

The dispute comes days after Microsoft declared war on the iPod and pledged to come up with a series of rivals.

So far, 21 million iPods have been sold worldwide, 18 million in the last year alone.
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Wow, that was stupid of Apple!
 

BRiT

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Not completely true...

Apple had working product available to be purchased before MS even filed. This is why the US Patent system sucks ass. I have no doubt that Apple will have the MS patent-grant overturned. Prior-Art is easy for them to show. I dread how life will become if the US ever switches over to a first-to-file system instead of first-to-create.
 

Darklight

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I thought it was a first to file system... a gaggle of inventions have gone to big business or other people cuz someone let thier idea leak or tried to sell it without a patent... That's why my ideas are all mine until I work the kinks out myself and patent.. Fuck You corperate america! :mfinger:
 

JLXC

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Jesus it's just like Apple was trying to pull a "Bill Gates" on... er.... Bill Gates?
 

BRiT

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JLXC said:
Jesus it's just like Apple was trying to pull a "Bill Gates" on... er.... Bill Gates?
What do you mean by this? Apple had truely created the invention first. They weren't trying to pull anything over on anyone. If anything, MS is trying to pull one over on Apple. Get your facts straight.
 

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He said: "In general, our policy is to allow others to license our patents so they can use our innovative methods in their products.
that made me lol