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tuxagon
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Apple Helps Stifle Innovation

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tuxagon
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/26/2014 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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tuxagon

Pro

I will be arguing that Apple stifles innovation through their patent-trolling. They are not the only company to do this, but Apple is a large contributor to this stifling spirit in the world of technology.
tonton17

Con

I accept, start on round 2.
Debate Round No. 1
tuxagon

Pro

Innovation is defined as a new method, idea, or product. It is not a re-hashing of the old methods, ideas, or products.

Apple may churn out a new phone every couple years (or even re-release the same phone with different letters), but the iPhone has looked and functioned the same since the first. Even though, on occasion Apple may come out with a new product, like the iPod, iPad, updates to MaxOSX, or some other new product, they still assist in stifling the innovation they claim to have.

It is a known fact that Apple (and many companies like it) spend more on legal and patent lawyers than R&D[1]. With that, Apple sues other companies, like Samsung, based on patents they somehow obtained for rounded corners[2].

By spending less time on R&D and using more money for patent lawyers than engineers, Apple is stifling their own innovation.

That's not all, though; Apple is also stifling other companies' innovation by suing them, causing the other company to spend more on patents to fight back or to hire patent lawyers.

Innovation is stifled because Apple keeps looking to the past rather than the future of technology.



[1] http://www.theguardian.com...
[2] http://www.fosspatents.com...

tonton17

Con

tonton17 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
tuxagon

Pro

My arguments remain the same.
tonton17

Con

tonton17 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
tuxagon

Pro

My arguments remain the same.
tonton17

Con

tonton17 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by tuxagon 2 years ago
tuxagon
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Posted by tonton17 2 years ago
tonton17
First time using this site, is it my turn to write an argument in round 1? Or are we going to start in round 2?
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