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Nike + Apple = Cool Gadgets

This is a pretty cool use of ipod technology (and an excuse to run a photo of a scantily clad lass).

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And, Apple continues to push the envelope further; They are refusing to rest on their laurels with the iPod, and they are making it harder for the also rans to catch up.

While Apple is innovating, and creating products that delight their customers, Dell is loading their PCs with crapware. And, Microsoft is not exactly burning up the market with anything innovative.

Here’s the Apple Nike PR announcement, and Apple/Nike webpagess:

http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/
http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/gear.html
http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/run.html
http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/sync.html

Cool looking software — it might turn me back into a runner, fat bastard that I am . . .

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UPDATE: May 24, 2006 1:39pm

Very cool video at Nike’s showing how the tech works in real life.

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The future is here NOW. Expect to see many more of these innovative gadgets over the next, well, always! 

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Google Maps/Weather.gov mashup: Weathermole

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Linkfest

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Rise of the Pure Patent Business Model

Back in December 2004, I wrote a column titled "Five Under-the-Radar Trends for 2005". One of the below radar trends I predicted was the acceleration of intellectual property lawsuits. That turned out to be rather prescient.

There are actually two different issues here: The first is, should the USPO
be issuing so many patents, especially those for business methods? Amazon’s One-click buying, and MercExchange’s Buy it now auction are certainly questionable "inventions." That’s an issue for Congress, who needs to adequately fund the Patent Office so they can hire many more patent examiners, rather than merely have an under staffed patent office rubber stamp applications.

The second issue is that once a patent becomes issued, who gets to use it and how? Very often, we see the first issue inappropriately raised as a PR defense in the second. I don’t get the sense that all of the financial media really has a firm grasp on this. There is an entire world of patents, innovation, USPO issues, and large corporate litigants that have not been adequately discussed. Some get it, some don’t. Compare  this story: "eBay Takes on the Patent Trolls" with this one "In Patent Case, EBay Tries To Fight Its Way Out of Paper Bag." (For some intercorporate litigation, see Apple against Apple Corps. Ltd., and TiVo’s against EchoStar’s Dish Network).

Incidentally, the term "Patent Troll" was invented by Peter Detkin when he was defending a patent case against Intel. Ironically, Detkin is now managing director with Intellectual Ventures, an intellectual property firm suing patent infringers.

If you recognize the property right inherent in patents, then the term "Patent Troll" is quite meaningless, meant to stir up political opposition to patents. How you use your property is irrelevant to the property right attached to it. What does it matter if you choose to manufacture widgets — or merely license the patent to thos ethat do? 

What is actually going on now is a massive land grab underway by large corporations, looking to keep the fruits of entrepreneurs and innovators labor for themselves. These are not meek and vulnerable entities at the mercy of lawyers; rather, these are very astute players seeking to use the patent to further their own goals — often at the expense of innovation.

Take Intel, where Detkin was vice president and assistant general counsel, for example. They are certainly no stranger to patent litigation. As the book Inside Intel makes clear, INTC used its patents as a club to thwart competition in the CPU market for decades. That’s why its taken AMD so long to become a legitimate competitor to the chip giant.

The stealing of entrepreneurial innovation by large firms is fairly common place. My own experience with patent enforcement is that it is an enormously expensive, difficult, time consuming venture, fraught with peril. Consider the case of Robert Kearns, the inventor of the intermittant windshield wiper. In 1967, he received several patents on his design, which he tried to license to the Big 3 in Detroit. They sent him
packing, but later the intermittant windshield wiper somehow found its
way into autos. Long story short, he ended up in litigation for decades before finally winning. Thats decades later.

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Category: Financial Press, Intellectual Property, Technology, Web/Tech

Wired: How to Put Your DVDs on Your Video iPod

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Steve Ballmer quote of the Day

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Weekend Linkfest!

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Apple now bigger than Dell

Category: Investing, Retail, Web/Tech

Top US Patent Recipients for 2005

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Weekend Linkfest ’06!

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