Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 12:04 UTC
Legal Remember when Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, and held it up in the air, proudly proclaiming "Boy, have we patented it", followed by a massive applause of the adoring audience? It may seem like this wasn't just an empty claim, either. During the earnings conference call yesterday, the company hinted at possible legal action against Palm were the Pre to infringe on iPhone patents.
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Seems like a reasonable patent
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 13:40 UTC
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Whether you like patents or not, the things that make the iPhone great are pretty solidly patentable. They obviously can't patent multitouch, or touchscreens, or many innovations of the device as technologies in and of themselves. But Apple can patent, for instance, the application of multitouch to a cellphone, and maybe even some aspects of their software that gives natural feedback to users.

Apple has worked hard over a year and a half to make the iPhone device and, although in retrospect a lot of things about it seem straightforward or obvious, they had obviously created a new thing that is strongly differentiated from the rest of the market. They deserve to get the benefit of their creativity for some time before being attacked by lower-priced cloners who did not staff the research and development organizations necessary to put together a new idea.

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