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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There are some very old patents involved.
by MollyC on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 21:24 UTC in reply to "Apple vs MS"
MollyC
Member since:
2006-07-04

"Old" being relative to speed of tech world advances; i refer to patents issued in the mid-90's wrt classic MacOS and even a patent originally filed by NeXT. Things like a patent for "Object-Oriented Graphics System" and "Object-Oriented Operating System". Now, IIRC, in the 90's Micrsoft and Apple agreed to a total cross-licensing of all technologies, which would explain why Apple can't go after Microsoft for those older patents, and why WinMo is in the clear.

The patents are absurd, though.

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tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

"Old" being relative to speed of tech world advances; i refer to patents issued in the mid-90's wrt classic MacOS and even a patent originally filed by NeXT. Things like a patent for "Object-Oriented Graphics System" and "Object-Oriented Operating System". Now, IIRC, in the 90's Micrsoft and Apple agreed to a total cross-licensing of all technologies, which would explain why Apple can't go after Microsoft for those older patents, and why WinMo is in the clear.

The patents are absurd, though.


Don't forget the Taligent Patents in there as well.

Those patents are hardly absurd. But I don't expect someone eating for free to care about the time and efforts for the work involved.

Edited 2010-03-02 21:27 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Are those hardware or software and if software, why would copyright not provide a more applicable protection?

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