Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 21:38 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y The Google-Microsoft patent war of words is continuing. Yesterday, Google (rightfully so, in my book) accused Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle partaking in an organised patent attack against Android, instead of competing on merit, claiming that they bought up Novell's and Nortel's patents solely to attack Android and its device makers. Microsoft struck back, claiming Google was offered to join in on the bids for the Novell patents, but rejected the offer. Google has now responded to this accusation - and to make matters even more confusing, Microsoft responded back. A public shouting match between two powerful parties? Count me in!
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If you actually look at the patents Apple is asserting against HTC, you'll see that a lot of them are ridiculously broad. Though Apple's patents seem to be the most specific ones of all that are in this patent sh***storm.

A patent should be a document that is a guide to implementing. None. I really mean, none of the patents(in these cases) could be read as a guide for implementation after it expires. There is just not enough info in them to use it like a schematic, like most hardware patents have. Their last one that I read, was Apple's document scrolling patent. And I would have to spend as much time in understanding and implementing it as I would have done it without reading the patent - it's lacks detail that much.

I don't believe that pinch-to-zoom is patented, though.

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