During today’s senate hearing on taxes, which involved Apple and an appearance by Tim Cook, Senator Kelly Ayotte decided to bring up the topic of intellectual property, something Apple is most definitely concerned about. When the question was asked about the advantages of being in the U.S. as opposed to other countries, Cook responded that the U.S. could actually improve in these areas as well:
I actually think that we require much more work on IP in this country. (…) The U.S. court system is currently structured in such a way that it’s currently difficult to get the protections a technology company needs, because the cycle is very long.”
Apple, as a U.S. based company, has dealt with this a lot recently, and most notably, in the Samsung cases. Cook talked about how it can take years for these issues to finally be resolved, and even then because of the process it can continue on in various other forms, almost as if it will seemingly never actually end. One of the newer Apple v. Samsung court cases isn’t supposed to go to courts until 2014, and it’s only May of 2013. That is part of what Mr. Cook was talking about.
What do you think? What should the U.S. do to change this? Is there anything that can be done? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.