“Apple’s critics contend that it either doesn’t have innovative inventions worthy of patents, or has grossly overestimated the commercial value of its patents. Apple Data Detectors is one example that proves both ideas are wrong,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for AppleInsider.
“Along with Slide to Unlock, Apple Data Detectors is one of the five patents Apple selected to use in its second U.S. patent trial against Samsung,” Dilger explains. “Apple Data Detectors not only represents a significant technology worthy of patent protection, but is also clearly valuable enough for Google and Samsung to have coveted for their own products, and strategic enough to motivate both parties to willingly infringe one of Apple’s most well-known patents in order to appropriate it for use without paying Apple much, or anything at all. ”
“We know Google and Samsung intentionally took Apple Data Detectors because both companies documented internal communications talking about what a valuable invention it was,” Dilger reprots. “Those documents were revealed this week in evidence submitted during the Apple vs. Samsung trial.”
Much more in the full article here.