Apple Wins Import Ban on HTC Android Phones

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warptek2010

Apple reminds me very much of North Korea and when it's leader died the Apple faithfull showed their mourning en masse by public displays... except the crying sounded strange and bizarre... like the wailing and nashing of teeth of the damned as described in the bible.

 

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JCGPZ9

First PIPA, SOPA and NDAA we've got ourselves this shit from Apple. If nothing calls for force against our government we are doomed. Seems like whomever is voted in it's gonna be the same all over.

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Cache

The ITC will always follow whoever drops the most cash.  Nevermind that the patent system was designed by people whose average IQ would disqualify them from being the fry cook at a McDonalds--and that our government would rather spend weeks debating whether or not they deserve a pay raise for effectively doing no work in any measurable capacity. 

I'd frankly vote for a RIM executive before any of the numnuts currently in office.

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Holly Golightly

Oh gosh, another lawsuit ban? When will Apple stop this already? It is getting annoying. What they need to learn is how to compete for once! I can see this ruling get reversed of course, but this is just plain nonsense. What the hell?

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Biceps

I agree that it sucks, but you really can't accuse Apple of not being able to compete.  They did create the iPhone, and derivative or not, it ruled the market, as does the iPad, and as will most likely whatever innovative (if derivative) product they come up with next.  What Apple is doing now is protecting their margins by keeping similar products out of the marketplace.  As more and more iPhone-like products hit the market, Apple loses the ability to charge a premium price for its products.

Apple could still sell record numbers of devices and compete quite handily without these lawsuits - just at lower prices than what they are currently charging; what they are doing by sidelining similar products is protecting their margins and their premium brand image.  It sucks for people who want awesome phones at low prices, but it is smart (if dickish) business.  And it will absolutely drive more people to those shiny white stores.

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rich5665

I believe thats called Monopilization, Microsoft tried this, Bell Telephone tried this, as did Intel. At some point the DOJ will wake up and realize what is going on and correct the situation, until then the consumer will be forced to buy a crappy product in a shiny box.

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Biceps

The DoJ, if they step in, will probably step in on the side of Apple. Apple has a lot of patents that other companies have been infringing on.  I don't think they should have been awarded the patent in question in this particular case, but they were and now they get to enforce it until it is overturned.

We need an improved patent system that rewards innovation instead of litigation, and we need people working in our patent offices who actually understand the innovations (or lack thereof) they are supposed to be evaluating. Until that happens, companies will be able to patent troll. Considering how much money is being made by lawyers on both sides of the trenches (I am actually pretty sure all the lawyers are on the same side here), I doubt we'll see a change anytime soon.  Remember, the DoJ is really just a bunch of lawyers anyway.

 

 

 

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acidic

they already buy crappy products in shiny boxes. its called APPLE products

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Holly Golightly

The iPhone wasn't the first touchscreen phone that had a premium look. There was once the LG Prada Phone that Apple copied off. Like you just said, they can thrive without the lawsuits. I feel they just want to be greedy by being the only competition to legally sell cellphones worldwide. This is anti-competitive. It would be nicer if Apple can copy Amazon by making products very affordable for everyone. Kindle Fire has a nice premium feel. I say it feels better than the iPad. The thing is, nobody really posed a real challenge against Apple's iPhone, iPod, and iPad... So why not let other compete? Simply, greed. That, or Apple truly ran out of ideas. But smartphones and tablets have existed for a very long time. Apple can not take credit for inventing them... They just market them better.

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Wingzero_x

Obviously you never had one of those LG phones. You are right it did have a premium look, but it's no where close to even being in the same league as the iPhone. As far as Apple copying them, the development of the iPhone began in 2005 (released in 2007), first look at the Prada didn't come till late 2006.

Apple also goes far beyond marketing them well, Apple makes them better to begin with. Seriously you can't compare the Kindle Fire with the the iPad, even if you go by feel alone.

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Holly Golightly

Hey, the Kindle Fire is selling. Actually, it is the number one most sold product in Amazon's website right now. Kindle Fire beats the iPad in price and portability. I can actually fit the damn thing in my purse! Anyhow, I am not judging by the feel of it. Just look at the numbers for yourself. I am shocked to not see the latest numbers on this website, but it was in the news the last week. 

I have the first generation of the Prada Phone by LG. It is unlocked, but from the UK's Orange service. It feels great to hold and it looks damn good. The design of the operating system makes sense and it just works.

You can say the iPhone was 20 years in the making, there was no picture release of the iPhone until AFTER the Prada Phone was released. Fact is, people got to see the Prada Phone first before they got the chance to see the iPhone. Who knows how the original concepts were... Probably had some crappy scroll wheel to dial numbers with a cheap plasticy white design. The iPhone design was highly unorthodox by Apple's standard. Everything they do is made of plastic and is in white to match the iconic earphones. Everything from iPods, to MacBooks, to iMacs. All white and in plastic, just like the Nintendo Wii. How can one justify paying the Apple price with something made of cheap parts? 

Anyhow, Apple is in a lawsuit spree claiming they invented the entire industry with bland claims like this one. Also, Apple does not make "them" better. Apple has many plenty of failures. Read for yourself:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/bad_jobs_steve_jobs_biggest_apple_flops

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don2041

May a rather large asteroid fall up apples ass

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Eoraptor

internal linking of documents and data...

Do I need to submit my filing cabinent for official review at Cuppertino? my Brain?

Feh. if this suit and counter suit keeps up, all anyone will be able to buy will be rotary console phones wired to the wall.

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Brad Chacos

Concurred. This is horsecrap.

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Kinetic

I'll go back to a rotary f'ing phone before I ever buy any Apple products. I don't care if everything gets banned but the iPhone and iPad. I'm not using either.

Suck it Apple.

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Caboose

Rotary phones are so freaking awesome! I wonder if they'd work with VoIP?

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72olds455

I use a rotary phone in VoIP and it works great.

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Biceps

+1; Apple is #1 on my boycott list.

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Archangel1976

I find myself strangely compelled to not spend my money on Apple products.

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