Apple v. Motorola Judge Calls Patent Litigants ‘Animals’

In an interview with Reuters, the US Court of Appeals (Chicago) judge who recently tossed the patent litigation case between Apple and Motorola described patent litigants as "animals" and said that many companies should not have patent protections. Judge Richard Posner, who usually serves on the Court of Appeals, said that he volunteered to oversee the Apple/Motorola case in the lower US District Court.

"It's a constant struggle for survival," Posner told Reuters in an interview. "As in any jungle, the animals will use all the means at their disposal, all their teeth and claws that are permitted by the ecosystem."

Posner also said that the pharmaceuticals industries have a better claim to intellectual property protection because of the enormous investment it takes to create a successful drug. He did not feel the same way about technology and software companies.

"It's not clear that we really need patents in most industries," he said. "You just have this proliferation of patents. It's a problem."

Posner also revealed that at the start of the Apple v. Motorola case, he told both parties that he was "really neutral" because he used a court-issued BlackBerry made by Research In Motion Ltd. He revealed that he now owns an iPhone, but only uses it to "check email and call his wife."

"I'm not actually that interested in becoming part of the smartphone generation," he said.

You can read the whole article on Reuters.

Source: Ars Technica

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    olstar18 says:

    The patents aren't what causes that. True it doesn't help but if the pharmaceutical companies didn't have so much influence something could be done about them.

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    Truec says:

    Of course, because there's no enormous investment involved in new technologies.  Instead, we need to protect the patents that force people to pay thousands of dollars a month to not die.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    I wonder if this will set some kind of precedent.




    "He revealed that he now owns an iPhone, but only uses it to "check email and call his wife.""


    Major burn. Willing to bet that bruised a few egos.

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