If innovation, competition, technology diffusion and consumer choice are to be encouraged, Apple should not be able to block the shipment of products that enhance existing technology and frequently offer better value for money. Its focus on patents that address relatively minor features and functions obfuscates its real motives.
The fact that some courts have allowed Apple to win shows that some legal jurisdictions are allowing and encouraging anti-competitive behaviour. This sets a very dangerous precedent that could stifle innovation and force consumers to pay higher prices for inferior products.
Andrew Milroy is vice president, ICT Practice, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan
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