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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They Tried This Before
by segedunum on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 15:45 UTC
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Apple tried throwing their weight around in the 80s over Mac clones and look-alikes of the Mac OS and certain applications. They failed. It really doesn't matter whether you call it intellectual property or any other legally meaningles term, in the end it just costs you money and market share.

As for why they dropped this hint when Palm entered the arena? Simple. No one would really want to sue Google. Palm or an easy target, so the statement that they will 'go after anyone' is false.

Edited 2009-01-22 15:48 UTC

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