Apple vs Samsung - Comparative Essay 1

2030 Words Oct 17th, 2012 9 Pages
The Apple versus Samsung case has been on the tongues of and minds of the world. News agencies, lawyers, inventors, computer geeks, consumers and businesses are all gabbing about what this case means. What will be the ramifications after the appeals have finalized, and the dust settles? Will intellectual property be protected? Will innovation continue to stun the world? Will consumers pay the price for this tech war? What are the boundaries of inventions? Not surprisingly, there are at least ten different answers for each of these questions depending on what expert is answering the question. The consensus as to what the future of technology will hold is far from being reached. When these cases world wide have finished throwing money, …show more content…
Patents are intended to stop others from making, using, selling or offering for sale a product that is described in the patent claim. It gives the patent owner the exclusive right. “It is important to note that a patent does not give the patent owner the right to exploit the patented invention himself. The patent owner has only the "exclusive right" to stop others from doing so.” (Peterson 2012) Much of what we in the U.S. have been hearing about is the case decided in California. However, this technology war is not exclusive to America. In fact, there are cases in at least ten countries worldwide. The reason for this being, that intellectual property protections are not uniform. When an individual or a company applies for a patent within the U.S., the protection only extends to the borders. Once a company stretches past the borders of The States, and goes global, it must apply for intellectual protection in each country it is attempting to sell within. “There is often no consensus within countries on the appropriate approach and when the economic interests of different nations may dictate a different balancing of interests in the IPR law.” (Wallerstein, Schoen & Mogee, 1993) Although there are calls to make intellectual property rights uniform, each country has their own interests to protect, and has their own ideas about the extent of protecting intellectual properties.

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