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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RE[2]: This just goes to show
by Beta on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 16:53 UTC 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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RE[3]: This just goes to show
by bnolsen on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 19:34 in reply to "RE[2]: This just goes to show"
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2006-01-06

There's also the little bit about there being actual hardware schematics to precisely describe and show what was done here.

It's very arguable that these "multi touch" patents are algorithm only.

Why should touchpad manufacturers be punished by apple choosing to limit how their touchpads are used? Where's the innovation in that?

And how would a company be motivated to manufacture *anything* if some other company can patent how the device is used and lock out their potential customer base?

Edited 2009-01-22 19:40 UTC

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