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Sony has fewer patents to indicate that it makes better products than its rivals. While it shouldn’t be particularly surprising for a giant corporation to scale back its own output, the boilerplate definition discovered in several PlayStation applications has sent the internet into a frenzy over this kind of Easter weekend.

The story started a few days ago, when S Gamerant A great deal of standard documentation has been discovered for a universal controller-like device, in which it refers to rival “home entertainment systems” from “different though inferior manufacturers”. The paper doesn’t specifically mention any other platform holders by name, but it does acknowledge consoles like the PS4 and PS3 earlier in the sentence, so it’s probably safe to assume that’s who it’s aimed at.

Sent it Patent expert Florian Müller was furiousWhere he a Strongly worded blog that this is the first time the Japanese company has used the term, and described it as “childish”, “unprofessional”, and even “stupid”. It should be noted that Mueller, in his blog biography, lists Microsoft as a client, though we’ll let you determine whether that’s relevant to the story.

“It’s amazing that no one has discovered this ‘tradition’ before, and no patent office has asked them to stop doing it for a long time,” he said of the words. “Patent applications are not meant to be promotional tools for console warriors.”

In an apparently unconvincing blog post, Mueller goes on to outline the proper etiquette for patent applications, suggesting that it is acceptable for organizations to discuss why Their innovations may be superior to other products, but “calling the competition ‘inferior’ in general is unnecessary, silly, childish and unprofessional”.

He adds: “It is not for the glory of invention. This is just insane. If a small company went to the same patent attorney and wanted them to file patent specifications that included such offensive passages, most patent attorneys would refuse to attach their names to it. If Sony wants to engage in comparative advertising, it can do so elsewhere. Gamers aren’t going to make purchasing decisions based on the language Sony uses in their patent applications.

Personally, we think this could go down as the biggest storm in a teacup in video game history – and there’s been no shortage of stupidity over the years. While we would generally agree that certain words seem somewhat redundant here, we struggle to grapple with this. absurd A lot of reactions on some forums and social media.

Is it even problematic that PlayStation touts its platforms as “the best place to play” – or are these multi-billion dollar corporations painting themselves and their products in the best possible light?


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