Remains of the Day: Courting disaster
One Chinese company will gladly trade a trademark for large bags of cash; meanwhile Apple gives Motorola Mobility the raspberry (legally); and iPhoto ’12 may touch our hearts later this year. The remainders for Tuesday, April 24, 2012 are a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.
Chinese court seeking to mediate iPad dispute (Associated Press)
Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer for Proview—the company that, as you might remember, is suing Apple in China for infringing upon its “iPad” trademark—said this week that the two companies are likely to settle out of court. He also added that “Proview always expected to settle out of court from the beginning.” I think something got lost in the translation there. What Proview meant to say was “Give us money and we’ll go away.”
A preliminary ruling from a judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission says that Apple infringed on a single patent held by Motorola Mobility, which covered eliminating noise and other interference during voice and data transmissions. Apple was also cleared of infringement on three other Motorola patents. Well, the company’s still waiting for a final ruling on that last patent later this year—maybe Apple should try the old “three wrongs don’t make a right” defense.
A significant update to iPhoto may be due this summer, says the rumor mill. The supposed iPhoto ’12 is said to draw inspiration from the iOS version of iPhoto released earlier this year. Good, we really need more people trying to gesture and swipe all over their Macs’ screens.
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