Not really. If they collected Facebook data, they would have to apply their bullshit algorithm to each individual. If you're correct that 16% of Facebook users are not Americans, then they would come up with something like 49% false-foreign results on the remaining 84%, which are Americans, or about 42%. That means their actual percentage of supposed foreigners in Facebook would be something like 58%, which casts a net over many millions of American citizens. And *that* is not only "technically" legal, under the current law it would be "fully legal", and legally defensible. But fucking retarded. They've gone too far.
This is one step away from becoming a watergate like scenario. And surely in the future many watergate like scenarios!
No, this is the cost of doing business poorly. A trademark search needs to be international in scope if you plan on making an international product. On top of damages Apple should be prohibited from further infringement (rename the product in countries with a previously registered trademark). There was a similar debacle (within the US registry if I remember) over the iPhone. I think it was settled, but the infringing product (Apple's iPhone) should have been pulled off the shelves, relabeled, and future infringement explicitly prohibited. It seems that Apple only cares about IP when they can use it to keep others out of their business - the evidence here is that they don't even bother looking to see if they infringe in a direction they want to go.
Would love to no if all the car companies i.e. ( hyundai and ford etc ) are paying Borg-Warner for the DSG concept. Then one never knows because of private arrangements if an idea is stolen or purchased. And then there is ABS where the only genuine form comes from bosh. Ever wonder why asian ABS sucks? Are magnetic shocks already stolen from Delfi? It would seem it is OK to steal an idea but not a name. Originally weren't patents supposed to protect inventors? Not Add companys?
A committee takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom. -- Parkinson