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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This just goes to show
by searly on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 13:00 UTC
searly
Member since:
2006-02-27

Obviously apple are worried about the palm pre ... and it also shows that software patents are stupid ... multi touch is not an apple invention anyway. Who looses out? the consumers and clients. Honestly i hope that no court will take apple's claims seriously ...the palm pre form what one can tell from the preview etc. has a lot more to offer than the iphone and has some very nice features ...

"but Palm seems to directly emulate touch interface that iPhone innovated"

again ... apple has not innovated multitouch ... they may have been the first to put it into a product, but htat is an entirely different matter

Edited 2009-01-22 13:05 UTC

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RE: This just goes to show
by Adurbe on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 13:15 in reply to "This just goes to show"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

Trevor Baylis invented (and patented) the clockwork radio

the radio was already invented, as was the winding mechanism

the 'invention' was still his to patent as he proposed a new way of using those technoligies together

If you belive the clockwork radio should be able to hold a patent then so should the multi-touch interface (existing technologies proposed to be used in a new 'invoative' way)

also prior art is very important part of a patent application

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RE[2]: This just goes to show
by searly on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 13:36 in reply to "RE: This just goes to show"
searly Member since:
2006-02-27

And how exaclty is the iphone innovatively using the multitouch technology as supposed to earlier innovations? Zooming in and out of image/maps etc has been done before, putting it on a smaller device is hardly innovative ...

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RE[2]: This just goes to show
by Beta on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 16:53 in reply to "RE: This just goes to show"
Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

Trevor Baylis invented (and patented) the clockwork radio.

the radio was already invented, as was the winding mechanism.

the 'invention' was still his to patent as he proposed a new way of using those technoligies together


His ‘invention’ was a better method of producing energy from winding. That is the only thing that his patent should be able to cover.

If you invent another method for doing the same thing, it’s a new invention and not covered…

At least, that’s the original intention of patents ;)

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