Patent Warriors

The new competition:

Samsung Electronics has shot back with a tit-for-tat lawsuit against Apple, exactly a week after the US company sued South Korea’s biggest company by sales for “slavishly” copying the iPad and iPhone. In suits filed on Friday in South Korea, Japan and Germany, Samsung sued Apple for infringing 10 patents, in areas such as data transmission and wireless technology for connecting mobile phones with personal computers.

I’m sort of reminded of the time back in the 1990s when Apple was trying to use intellectual property law against Windows. At the time, it seemed perfectly clear to me that Windows was, in fact, basically an effort to copy Mac OS. And yet I think it’s hard to deny that we’ve all benefitted as consumers from the fact that the copying was allowed to proceed….