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[3]: uggg
by tupp on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 13:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: uggg"
tupp
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2006-11-12

Um, if multi-touch was so obvious and existed 20 years prior, then why oh why wouldnt all the smart phone vendors that for years had users navigating phones with jog wheels and sticks have used it.

First of all, fully touchscreen phones already existed long before the Iphone -- no sticks nor jog wheels needed.

Secondly, the concept of multitouch on a touchscreen phone was obvious, but required miniaturization to develop to a point in which it was feasible. In such instances, the vendor with the deepest pockets often comes out with the first version.

Additionally, manufacturers were skeptical of the value of multi-touch on a phone, relative to the expense/risk of being the first to implement it.

Furthermore, many still question value of multi-touch, in general.


Apple innovated. They brought multi touch to the phone and did it in an intuitive manner. Or did that not happen?

Apple was not the first to formally suggest the use of multi-touch on a phone. Synaptics (an Apple supplier) did so before Apple: http://www.synaptics.com/about/press/press-releases/synaptics-and-p...

Here's an article acknowledging that Synaptics was there before Apple: http://www.getusb.info/is-apple-iphone-synaptics-clearpad/

In addition, Nintendo was granted a patent for use of multi-touch on a hand held device prior to the release of the Iphone (the patent was applied for in 2004): http://www.joystiq.com/2006/02/26/patent-application-reveals-ninten...

So, Apple did not innovate (invent) the multi-touch phone -- they were just the first to get one into production.

In regards to Apple's multi-touch implementation being intuitive, to do things as simple as cut-and-paste on the Iphone requires a lengthy tutorial: http://www.butterscotch.com/tutorial/Cut-Copy-And-Paste-With-IPhone...

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