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Apple Must Sue
Authored by: Gringo_ on Thursday, December 06 2012 @ 11:52 PM EST

I began reading that Wired article, and came across this line, perhaps near the bottom of the first page...

Thatís key, because, ultimately, these lawsuits are all about innovation.

So I just kinda got stuck there, because that is all a myth, that this is about "innovation". They keep saying that over and over, as if it was true, but any engineer can tell you that for 99% of the software patents I have seen they are just the ordinary work product of software engineers. I know that, because I am one of them. Those patents I have read about, and I have read about every single one that I have ever come across, certainly do not describe anything that remotely resembles "innovation".

To call something "innovation", I think it needs to stand out. Sure, I innovate every day too, but that just my job, and it is expected of me. I like to think my work stands out, and take great pride and passion in it, but in the end I have to admit, at least to myself, that there are millions of engineers all across this world doing what I am doing every single day - that is, doing what they are trained and paid to do. And I and they and the engineers at Apple and Microsoft are all doing the same thing, but if you work for a big powerful company like Apple or Microsoft, by and by their patents lawyers will come around and talk to you to see if you have anything they might stake a claim on. That is the only difference.

I think we need to attack that word whenever and wherever we see it, because I am sure they confuse non-technical people into thinking these patents mean something special about what they are protecting. Non-technical folks have no way of judging this by themselves.

Back to that article... Well as I said, I got to that line, and just got kinda stuck there. I copied into my copy buffer, and went around searching for some way to give that author some feedback, to help her understand the error that prevented me from reading the rest of the article. There was no way to contact her. Maybe she doesn't want any feedback. Maybe she is not even a real journalist or tech blogger, but somebody with a mission to confuse people. She didn't confuse me though.

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