Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 17:19 UTC
Legal In a statement released today, Apple announced it is suing HTC, claiming the Taiwanese phone maker infringed upon 20 of Cupertino's patents related to the iPhone. After Nokia and Apple suing one another a number of times over the past couple of months, this is the next high-profile patent lawsuit in the mobile phones business. Engadget has the filings, and it seems that Apple wants to avoid angering Microsoft, but has no qualms about taking on Google. Update: Engadget analyses every single patent in the claim.
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Basically that means that apple can legally control the entities that make multi touch hardware.

And yes this is absurd. Only the folks who figured out the method to do multitouch in the first place in hardware should hold the patent.

That wouldn't make sense. What if the guy who patented the technology didn't have the means to bring it to market. Selling patents is fine. As long as the original inventor gets compensated for it.

And yes, if a company that Apple bought held valid patents on multi-touch technology, then everyone shoujld pay Apple to use the patents. They also had the opportunity to buy Fingerworks. If they didn't then they obviously didn't foresee the technology's potential, and only realised it one Apple brought a product to market. Apple took risks and deserves the reward.

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