"Bill Gates was a criminal as Steve Jobs said to him."
Philmac0, did you read the Jobs biography? It seems that Steve Jobs made a routine out of accusing everyone else of stealing his ideas. He was a product development genius yes, but also a narcissistic sociopath.
And even though I've never been a huge fan of WinTel's soul-less products, I actually gained respect for Gates' wit while reading that book. If for nothing else it was what he said in response to being subjected to a Steve Jobs "You're a theif! You stole our ideas" show trials, right at Apple HQ, where I beleive Gates showed up alone. Gates said (and I'm paraphrasing) 'Well, Steve, it's kind of like I showed up to steal my neighbor's TV set and realized that you had already been there.'
He, of course was referring to how both companies benefited mightily from the ideas previously generated at Xerox PARC.
You've got to read that book. Love or hate Jobs, love or hate Apple, it's excellent, and a must read for our folk.
Either you must not be a software engineer or you think so little about the worrk you produce. Why would you not want your hard work patented and just let someone copy it for free, steal the idea and take away your income. Samsung copied IOS without any shame. Just like Microsoft copied Apple to produce the pathetic Windows. Bill Gates was a criminal as Steve Jobs said to him. In this world everything is software now. If you can't patent it, then how can you patent anything.
And don't you think that Samsung executives are having the same conversation about how to keep their customers buying their brand. it doesn't matter if you're making soap, cars or electronics. Every company wants brand loyalty. And you have to keep earning it or people will go elsewhere.
Look at the amounts of money Apple and Samsung are apending for patent infringement cases, etc. Is this the reason why you became an Apple or Samsung software engineer? I guess: No way !
Software patents is one big misery and should be abandoned worldwide. Then, finally we can see good progress in functioning software development again. But now there really is a status quo: Nothing new on the horizon since Jobs died. The only thing done is copying icons... And they are UGLY... Shame ! Please get Scott Forstall back !!!
Another reason to abandon software patents is that our phones will become cheaper as as well: Please, Apple, Samsung, send all your lawyers home !