Every few years the world of technology goes through phases, but we fear that the one that we are in will only get much worse. We are not talking about advancements in tech but with continued patent issues. The latest is that there is now a Kindle Fire tablet lawsuit, which could delay its release.
The lawsuit was filed against Amazon at the end of last week by Texas Eastern District Court, and according to a report from CNET News, the Kindle Fire violates four patents. Acacia Research owns Smartphone Technologies, who is in the business of buying patents, there doesn’t seem to be much love for that kind of business.
The firm is not afraid to go after other big fish, as they also have ongoing lawsuits with Apple and RIM. Although Apple has enough on its plate with its continued issues with Samsung – although Sammy could end up turning the tables and bring up a patent issue with the iPhone 4S, which you can read more on here.
The patent issues are basic features that are employed on both smartphones and tablets, and are to do with a method of using the touchscreen. Another issue is how calendars are stored on a PDA. We fear that these continued lawsuits will stop any real progress in the industry, they should learn to get along and if patents have been infringed, then sort out a licensing deal.
This can become a very lucrative deal, as Microsoft earns over $200 million each year on this alone. All technology gets borrowed from time to time, don’t try and stop a product from launching, make money from them instead.