This Bears Repeating

Zach Epstein, you’re my new hero.  He wrote an article about a Samsung verdict in Germany, and there are some golden nuggets that need to be repeated plastered on billboards in Silicon Valley:

Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffman stated, “The court is of the opinion that Apple’s minimalistic design isn’t the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible.” Other designs are possible.

They are, in a world where you are not sued within an inch of your life on a daily basis by people bullies claiming patent infringement.

Again, designs and innovations need to be protected, but to what extent and at what cost? The current system is not sustainable.

Truer words, my friends.  Truer words were never spoken.

The simple truth is that a system shaped by lawyers may not be the best system for corporations. And it is certainly not the best system for consumers. Things need to change.

This is chiefest among my complaints about patent litigation.  The only true winners are the attorneys.  They always get paid first and most.  Love him or hate him, you can’t deny the amount of pithy little sayings that have come out of the formerly nicotine-filled mouth of Rush Limbaugh, among them this little ditty:  “Follow the money.”  And when you do, you will find attorneys.  Or at the very least a man with a heinous vendetta.  Or possibly both.

Just sayin’,


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