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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Just goes to prove...
by corbintechboy on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 22:20 UTC
corbintechboy
Member since:
2006-05-02

Our justice (?) system is so screwed up. Unlock feature on a touchscreen patented by Apple? Give me a break!

Who can really patent a motion with a finger? This is patenting the way I move, software aside.

I think waaay to many companies get to go out and claim "I invented it first" and remove the logic of ease of use on other companies. Logically, if you have a touch screen device the easiest way to unlock that device is from the screen.

I think that they should stop patenting software! Maybe make the code itself hold some legal ground, not the feature of the software.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

"Maybe make the code itself hold some legal ground, not the feature of the software."

Code itself is protected by copyright.

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corbintechboy Member since:
2006-05-02

That is true and I realize that. Why can't copyright alone be the protection for software?

If logic is logic, what form of innovation can simply come from simple logic? There is no sense in trying to re-invent the wheel when the wheel works fine.

My wife has an LG Chocolate touch and it uses a slide touch unlock feature, why is Apple not suing LG? No threat! On the other hand, HTC has a chance to put a dent into the profits of Apple... SURPRISE... We (Apple) rather not innovate to make our product better and more appealing to the masses (like those of days gone by have done in the face of losing customers), let's just sue...

American justice at work! All about the bottom line!

Reminds me of my children arguing over a toy! I really did believe we lived in a country with free enterprise, not a country dictated by what others do? Our legal system really needs help!

Edited 2010-03-03 03:31 UTC

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