15th nov, 2011

A mobile fable?

I recently read an interview with Google legal counsel Tim Porter about the mobile wars. In the interview he complains about the current patent system sucking out the resources of companies. However he cannot say that the development of Android has slowed due to patents. The same arguments were used in connection with Linux years ago, and no slump in innovation was registered there either.
Porter briefly touches on the root of the current US situation as he says that “damages, injunctions and remedies have to be proportional…” As I have commented on before the toxicity of the American legal environment is the biggest threat to innovation and progress. The patent system is one small tickle that adds to the otherwise free flowing river of problems.
In the end Porter comes off like the fox being cheated of the succulent grapes in Aesops fable.
Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked, ‘Oh, you aren’t even ripe yet! I don’t need any sour grapes.

Google can’t act like they want and can’t get other companies to act like them as well so they claim the system has gone sour.

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