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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RE: Jon Rubenstein
by apoclypse on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 14:26 in reply to "Jon Rubenstein"
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Exactly. Palm has hire Apple employees that worked on the iPod/iPhone and the Pre from what I've seen in videos is heavily influenced by the iPhone in more ways than one. So Apple may have just reason to cover their bases as in case Palm actually inadvertently infringed on their technology (regardless of innovation or not)due to former employees being involved with this new device.

I had a feeling this was going to happen the minute I saw the Pre in action, the fact the things like scrolling through pages works almost exactly like the iPhone, definitely puts up a red flag. Knowing Apple they are not looking to license any of their technology and I don't think Palm could survive Apple's full attention and weight if sued.

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RE[2]: Jon Rubenstein
by libray on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 16:04 in reply to "RE: Jon Rubenstein"
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Good thing innovation is not the only determining factor with IP. If it had been, Palm, should have done something when other vendors started using its innovative touchscreen method for inputing data into a smartphone. But since they did not and instead let everyone else play it would be small of Apple to persue thwarting the Palm Pre at this point.

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