When patents protect Apple, are they okay?

Summary:Fanboys and Fangirls: what do you say about technology patents now that your beloved Apple is being protected by them?

I confess, I just got an iPhone 4S on Monday. I've never been a Fanboy, and I haven't really crossed over: I'm now one of those people who carries around two smartphones. My other phone is a Droid Bionic. I love the iPhone, I really do. In most ways it is a superior piece of machinery to the Bionic, but I'm deeply embedded with all the Google apps and the iPhone sucks at handling them.

Since I'm not a real Fanboy, but many of you are (and also some are Fangirls), I need to ask you a question: What do you think of the injunction that Judge Lucy Koh just granted on behalf of Apple against Samsung? The reason I ask is that so many of you have disdain for the patent-law system. In a recent debate about software patents, 89% of the ZDNet audience was opposed to them.

Granted, this is not a software patent -- it's a design patent -- but Apple has and seeks to enforce many of every kind of patent you can imagine. So, Fanboys and Fangirls, what do you say about technology patents now that your beloved Apple is being protected by them? Or are you in the 11% where Apple is concerned?

Topics: Legal, Apple, Apps, Software Development

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Steven Shaw used to be a litigation attorney at Cravath, Swaine &gMoore, a New York law firm, and is now the online community managergfor eGullet.org and the Director of New Media Studies at thegInternational Culinary Center.

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