An Australian colleague and great educator, Chris Betcher, is a little sad over Apple’s behavior with its patents. (http://chrisbetcher.com/2012/08/someone-i-used-to-know/)
I hear ya, Chris. Apple can be aggressive in a way that makes us wince a bit. But, supposing everything keeps in Apple’s favour even after the likely appeal by Samsung, I’m not so sure this legal victory is a bad thing at all.
Apple’s designs are brilliant. But what we see from everyone else is more or less the same thing as an iPhone. That is I don’t see anyone else innovating the way Apple has and does–just incremental change on something the other guy took the risks on.
Maybe the ruling is a blessing in disguise for innovation, a move that condemns competitors to a Wordsworth-ian scanty plot of ground…
Nuns Fret Not
Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room;
And hermits are contented with their cells;
And students with their pensive citadels;
Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom,
Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom,
High as the highest Peak of Furness-fells,
Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells:
In truth the prison, unto which we doom
Ourselves, no prison is: and hence for me,
In sundry moods, ’twas pastime to be bound
Within the Sonnet’s scanty plot of ground;
Pleased if some Souls (for such there needs must be)
Who have felt the weight of too much liberty,
Should find brief solace there, as I have found.