Peerless.April 22, 2014 • Chris Marriott
If you invent something, there's essentially two ways to protect your intellectual property from being ripped off. The first way is to work within the legal system, file patents, and enforce them when violated. The second is to make a product that's incredibly difficult to copy. The former method is often expensive, slow moving, and ultimately ineffective in preventing competitors from plagiarizing your work. The latter method is terribly difficult because ideas are cheap, even worthless, without execution. History can be a harsh teacher
Apple has faced a fundamental challenge protecting its intellectual property for almost all of its existence. Those who know tech history will remember this issue coming to a head, nearly leading to Apple's complete failure when Microsoft copied the Mac OS. Today, it's Samsung that's ripping off Apple's original products, but they won't get away with it like Microsoft did.
For most of its history,...