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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Jon Rubenstein
by PowerMacX on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 14:15 UTC
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I find this a rather curious statement. There have been numerous phones out in the market already, including Android, that have taken several cues from the iPhone - some even go as far as to more or less copy the entire device. Still, Apple hasn't undertaken any action. Now that Palm comes along - they suddenly start chest thumping. Does this indicate that contrary to other phones, Apple sees the Pre as an actual threat to the iPhone's success?

I think it has a lot more to do with the fact that Jon Rubenstein, who worked at Apple for over 15 years and was the VP of the iPod division until mid-2006, is the one behind Palm's Pre. They are not exactly pleased about it. ;-)

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