Re: Apple patent on Dock affecting dock packages ?
* Julien Lavergne:
> Le jeudi 09 octobre 2008 à 21:00 +0200, Mike Hommey a écrit :
>> IANAL, but patents are not supposed to "protect" ideas, but
>> implementations. It is at least true in the hardware industry. It often
>> happens that companies circumvent competitor patents by implementing the
>> same idea in another way, sometimes even filing a patent for the new
> I think the same, but when I read the patent, it's more a concept that a
> simple implementation. But IANAL too.
The patent system encourages patenting concepts and problems, and not
specific implementations and solutions. Concentrating on the latter
makes the patent less broad, reducing its value.