Posted Oct 6, 2012 1:02 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: "well-patented"
Parent article: MeeGo to return next month with Jolla phone launch (The H)
Once again, a reminder to legislators is necessary: the patent regime undermines healthy competition and the proper functioning of the market, diverts huge amounts of effort away from innovation and towards litigation, and stifles future innovation by giving unsustainable "rewards" for past achievements (in many cases, regardless of their merits).
Well, that's certainly true, but the problem for BlackBerry, MeeGo, Tizen, WP8, and others is the fact that we are talking about technology with positive network effects, market which is no longer growing as fast (40% of phones sold are already smartphones, increase that just 2.5 times and we are at 100%) and Android with >50% of said market
In a world without patents this will be the end. But since BlackBerry, Tizen, WP8 (but no longer MeeGo!) supporters have lots of patents there are still some surprise left.
I'm not saying that's necessarily a good thing, I'm just pointing out that patents keep other OSes (besides Android and iOS) alive as they are supposed to!
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