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 !
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.
"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.
That's exactly what I mean... It is utter silly to patent 'look and feel', or to patent software anyhow. Ya all have compilers, don't ya? You don't throw your code on the streets ! That is what I believe is protecting you enough from competition. With good programming efforts, compact optimized programming and a good "all going ahead" strategy we (as a small company) always have survived.
However we see -due to all of the legal stuff, regulations and fiscal difficulties- that the big world is trying to diverse us away from what we really are good at. That NEVER is going to happen as long as I am the CEO of this company. But the amount of money swept away from us to lawyers, fiscal adivisors and auditors will only grow, I am affraid... pity... harder to survive...
@Navelpluis: It is utter silly to patent 'look and feel'...
I'm in two minds about this (I'm intwo minds about just about everything). I keep thinking about the "Slide to Turn On" widget on the touchscreen of an iPhone or iPad. On the one hand this is relatively simple (but then so is a beer can ring pull) -- on the other hand no one else was doing this before Apple -- should they be able to capitalize on their inventiveness or not? (Is this "look and feel" or does it count as something else?