Obviously, whoever coined that phrase was not a patent attorney, and not a victim of the glacier pace of the U.S. legal system. In fact, it appears as if those slow wheels are part and parcel in the strategy that Samsung and Google use to compete with Apple.
Sosumi? Or, So Sue Me?
Who says those legal wheels turn slowly? None other than Apple’s Tim Cook who pointed out to government officials that it can take years to resolve intellectual property disputes.
That means the legal system today is not well suited to handle the realities of modern technology which moves at a lightning pace.
Does anyone reading this not think that Google and Samsung knew about the slow pace of justice while they were stealing patented technology from Apple?
How does Apple benefit from patent protection when a company can steal intellectual property without fear of penalty?
Oh, sure. Apple can sue. Apple has sued and continues to sue those who are blatant about ripping off the company’s technology and designs, but what has Apple gained during that time period vs. what Samsung, Google, et al have gained?
The legal cycle for justice is so long that whatever protections seem to exist are mostly moot. What did Cook say to the Senators?
The U.S. court system is currently structured in such a way that it’s currently difficult to get the protections a technology company needs, because the cycle is very long.
Translation: Hey, wake up. Competitors are stealing us blind and get away with it because of the silly system you created and perpetuate. Fix it!
I’m of the opinion that Cook being a southern gentleman isn’t helping Apple when it comes to dealing with robbers and thieves.
For us, our intellectual property is so important to our company. I would love to see the system strengthened to protect it.
Translation: Fix this problem now or else I’ll use some of that $100-billion cash hoard to invest in your opponents in the next election. Corporations are people, too, you know?
Dealing with the justice system regarding intellectual property appears to be more like the Kobayashi Maru of legal conflicts. Apple may not be able to win unless it can rig the results.