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Apple Patent Victory Raises Questions about Innovation

AUGUST 27, 2012

“People across the technology industry have expressed concerns about the future of innovation after a nine-person jury ruled in Apple’s favor last week in Federal District Court in San Jose, Calif. . . . [Bill Flora, creative director at a design firm in Seattle called Tectonic] said the decision could also create a ‘minefield’ for product designers, in which they are constantly second-guessing whether functions will step on someone else’s patents.” (New York Times)

Civilization has advanced incrementally through imitation-with-variation.

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