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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RE: Haha
by clhodapp on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 18:42 UTC in reply to "Haha"
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These are prime examples of the problem with software patents: the concepts being patented are always too obvious or too broad (or, though it's not applicable here, too mathematical i.e. algorithms). Also, as you point out, our patent office has significant trouble figuring out that the idea being patented has already existed and is commonplace (admittedly, sometimes it isn't at the time the patent is filed for, but grows to the point of being such before the long patent approval process is complete). What ends up happening is that people just ignore the especially dumb ones, I guess. Then this (i.e. a several-years-late lawsuit) happens.

Separately, how the HECK can you patent multitouch? It is pretty much the most obvious incremental improvement over single touch. Maybe a particular method for doing capacitive multitouch?

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