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Just Imagine: Sony Successfully Bans The Xbox..Coca Cola Bans Pepsi..

Eric McBride
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What would you do if you woke up one morning to discover that Sony has banned the Xbox, due to it being a console with a controller that’s similar to their own? What would you think if BMW banned Mercedes vehicles, or if Coke banned Pepsi because of their products “similar concept? You would think that’s all pretty silly right? Let’s take it even further though. Just take 1 minute to imagine what would happen if...

 ...Universal Music banned Warner Music for also marketing and distributing music and movies, or if LG banned Philipps for also making TV’s. How would consumers react if Reebok banned Nike for selling sports shoes shaped similarly to their own? What if Rolex banned Omega for also selling luxury watches? All of these products have an awful lot of similarities right?

Lets take it to an even more ridiculous level...imagine Lufthansa banning Delta airplanes...imagine Levi’s suing and banning Gap and Wrangler for making jeans that looked similar to theirs...imagine the ICC (International Cricket Council) banning the MLB Association (Major League Baseball) for having a sport that is similar to their own? Imagine if Rugby would ban the NFL for also creating a sport that requires a ball to be moved forward while being protected by a group of defenders? Wouldn’t that be nuts? But since we’re this far, lets turn it up a notch.

Imagine Usher’s management getting Chris Brown banned? I mean hey..they are both profitable African American pop singers that dance and sing, right? Imagine Al Pacino getting banned from films because of Robert DeNiro. After all, they are both successful Italian American actors that are often featured in mafia films...correct? Imagine Jackie Chan getting Jet Li banned from from doing Kung Fu films? Both are actors of Asian descent that perform a similar art on TV and in movies right? If all this happened, it would be a pretty crappy world to live in wouldn't it?

The point of all this? Be thankful that companies can make rectangular TV’s that look like a TV...that car manufacturers can make cars with curves and rounded edges that actually look like cars. Be thankful that you are offered the choice of having a Nintendo, Playstation, or XBox (all of which do similar things, with some games working for all 3). Be thankful that there are multiple record labels for hardworking artists, and not just one. Be thankful that you can choose between T-Mobile and Vodafone, which are both companies that offer literally identical services to mobile phone owners. Be thankful that there is always more than one choice for the things you enjoy in life...

...In other words, be thankful that patent laws and our broken patent system do not govern society and business as a whole. Because if they did, and only one model of every amazing thing we have was allowed to exist, life would be a hell of a lot duller.

As ridiculous as these scenarios might sound to many of you (of course they are unrealistically extreme), remember that the disaster that is the US patent system recently allowed such stupidity to take place. Innovation, patents, original ideas, and the rights to technology are all well and fine, and people certainly have the right to protect what they have created. But when companies abuse the system due to a competitor becoming a threat (and win), it’s time to take a serious look at what the hell is going on at the patent office.

Picture credits: sentryjournal.com (edited by myself)

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  • Steven Blum Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Madonna suing Lady Gaga, Superman suing Batman, the Backstreet Boys suing Justin Bieber...the list goes on and on...

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  • Eric McBride Sep 5, 2012 Link

    LOL! Indeed! :-D

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    Nick N. Sep 5, 2012 Link

    You're dead right, Eric. And your analogies highlight the ridiculousness of it all. Well said.

    A state of affairs in which there is no choice has a name. It's called fascism.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Thanks Nick. Glad you enjoyed it :-D

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  • Dvoraak Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Oh..... how I wish SOMEONE would sue Lady Gaga..... Make her STOP!

    *edit* And maybe require her to wear a bag over her head.. Too much to hope for?

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  • chinu Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Hats off to your to imagination Eric.
    Truly enjoyed..

    Nice one

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  • bits Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Yet more sence making examples to the GREEDY Apple !!

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  • Eric McBride Sep 5, 2012 Link

    @Dviraaj - LOL! Not on the Gaga bandwagon huh? :-D

    @Chinu - Thanks bro. Glad you liked it :-D

    @bits - Indeed they are!

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  • Atlas Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Imagine me getting you banned because your house looks like mine! Because your door opens the same way as mine. Because your walls are built of the same material!

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  • Eric McBride Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Holy hell!

    I'll ban you're girlfriend if she's blonde like mine! And I'll have you're toilet removed if the water flushes like mine as well! I own the patent for "circular swirl flush".

    I'm serious. I really do.

    :-D

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  • David H. Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Just be glad Apple hasn't (yet) got a patent for a "system to distribute energy to multiple subsystems which, in turn, power and are powered by that energy source"
    You'll either have to pay them royalties or stop breathing! (oxygen-lungs-blood-heart)

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  • Anna F. Sep 5, 2012 Link

    I have to admit, ever since I was little I was wondering why Coca Cola doesn't sue Pepsi. Their drinks are identical. Anyway, while all these scenarios seem absurd, that's basically what Apple is doing right now! Apple suing Samsung because their phones are rectangular and have screens too, is just like Sony suing Samsung because their TVs are square and have a controller.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 6, 2012 Link

    @David - LOL. The day that happens is why I grow gills and learn to breathe under water :-D

    @Anna - Hold up! I guarantee if you put 5 cups of Coke and 5 cups of Pepsi in front of me without labels, that I can tell which soda is in which cup EVERY TIME :-D

    That being said, they do look alike, and taste somewhat similiar (Coke FTW!!!)

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  • Patrick R. Sep 6, 2012 Link

    Haha good article Eric. Although I wouldn't mind Madonna suing Gaga and the Backstreet Boys suing Justin Beiber. And while they're at it, can they call Carley Rae Jepsen to shut her up? Or maybe Mozart just sues them all and claim he invented notes and music.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 6, 2012 Link

    Warning the next comment's gonna be a little GROSS!

    I have patents for yellow pee. So check before you do your business, it is an infringment of my rights if its yellow.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 6, 2012 Link

    @Patrick- ROFL! The Mozart bit was BRILLIANT dude. Imagine that: "You're all **cked because I invented "E Flat". LOL. Glad you liked the article bro.

    Your pee patent is impressive, but not as impressive as my "process of peristalsis to deliver liquid to the stomach by abetted gravity" patent (drinking). So even if your pee is yellow, you still infringed on my technology first.

    HA! :-D

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  • Eric McBride Sep 6, 2012 Link

    And I hate to do this to you bro..but: I just patented the act of patenting something.

    #WINNING :-D

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  • Patrick R. Sep 6, 2012 Link

    Now that ends it. LOL.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 6, 2012 Link

    LOL :-) Drastic times..drastic measures!

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  • Atlas Sep 6, 2012 Link

    As the judge I'm going to render your patent invalid as it's too vague. End of court.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 6, 2012 Link

    I object!!! :-)

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  • Anna F. Sep 6, 2012 Link

    LOL Eric did you realize you wrote "if you put 5 cups of COKE and 5 cups of COKE in front of me I can tell which is which"?? XD anyway, I assume you meant coke and Pepsi, and of course they're not exactly the same but they are almost the same. Why hasn't Coca Cola sued Pepsi? I mean, Apple sues Samsung all the time although, of course, their products aren't identical! In my opinion, Pepsi is more similar to Coca Cola than the Galaxy S is to the iPhone.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 6, 2012 Link

    Whoops! Yeah..I meant Coke and Pepsi :-)

    And that's the thing...these companies , although competitors, have found a way to coexist and use their competitors to further their own products (innovation). I seriously wonder how its possible that Apple hasnt learned how to do the same?

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  • Anna F. Sep 6, 2012 Link

    Apple is acting like a stuck up kid and a big baby at the same time. They just don't know how to lose.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 7, 2012 Link

    True that. They simply refuse to lose :-D

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    Caspar Wrede Sep 7, 2012 Link

    Jesus should sue Mohammed

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  • Eric McBride Sep 7, 2012 Link

    @Caspar - HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA...oh man. This is really getting out of control :-D

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