Google: Apple should share patents with others

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How would the tech world look if Apple allowed other companies to copy their patents freely? Sounds and look interesting right?

Well, search engine mogul Google is trying to convince Apple and other groups to standardize Apple’s patents. This would enable other companies to develop smartphones and tablets based on Apple’s patented technology. It is known that the the Android is iOS’s primary rival both in the smartphone and tablet market.

While Apple may not agree with Google on this, the latter keeps on pushing for the former to make some of their patents available to other tech firms. Google lawyer Kent Walker wrote to the US Senate Judiciary Committee regarding concerns over a number of Apple’s patents.
He said, “While collaborative Standards Setting Organization (SSOs) play an important part in the overall standard setting system, and are particularly prominent in industries such as telecommunications, they are not the only source of standards.”

“Indeed, many have of the same interoperability benefits that the FTC and others have touted in the SSO context also occur when one firm publishes information about an otherwise proprietary standard and other firms then independently decide to make complimentary investments to support that standard in their products,” he added.

Do you think it would be good to the industry if Google convinces Apple?

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Great question ? Limited knowledge here on patents.
    “A patent ( /ˈpætənt/ or /ˈpeɪtənt/) is a form of intellectual property. It consists of a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of an invention.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent

    Seems like time will eventually allow the patent sharing rights….
    Wish I had a crystal ball ! lol

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