Apple, Samsung patent distraction

Apple’s latest legal tactics against Samsung and Motorola Mobility have again highlighted just how useful patents can be when it comes to sticking it to the competition.

Smartphones are big business, and it's worthwhile thinking about just how damaging this continuous barrage of legal points and counterpoints can be for the industry.

There are many in the development community who reckon that companies like Apple, Google and Samsung are abusing the patent systems in place today for commercial gain, and sacrificing innovation in the process.

This infographic by Frugal Dad outlines the patent system in the US and asks very pertinent questions: are patents today more about knifing the competition and legal litigation rather than fostering new innovation? 


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