Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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Piot
Member since:
2009-09-17

You guys should have a field day!


7,0829,490 Identifying navigation bars and objectionable navigation bars

D521,193 Graphical user interface for a display screen of a communications terminal

D533,561 Graphical user interface

D533,834 Graphical user interface for a display screen

D541,193 Display device showing user interface

D550,359 Graphic user interface of page turning elements for a display screen of a communications terminal

7,426,682 Electronic messages with embedded musical note emoticons

7,466,735 Systems and methods for using image duplicates to assign labels to images

7,356,894 Methods and systems for requesting and providing information in a social network

7,485,447 Web page zoom feature

7,395,017 Assessing wireless network quality

7,495,996 Systems and methods for detecting a memory condition and providing an alert

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Damn, all those patents look like they're either for the 'damn obvious' or worse, they're already extensively used prior to the release of the iPhone. If anything, this case justifies the dire need for something to be done about the existing patent system because right now it is crippling innovation as everyone is cared that some dick will start suing thus causing a chain reaction.

I swear if I had 5 minutes with Steve I'd tell him to get over himself and go back to making great products instead of whining about the competition; If the Apple brand is as strong as many analysts and Steve claims it is then it should easily withstand a few cloners out there - after all, people are willing to pay for the brand even in the light of cheap knock offs.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Just... Wow. I don't know what makes me cringe harder; that Apple actually patented this bullshit, or that the USPTO actually gave them out.

They patented zooming in on a web page. Holy crap, this means that everytime I move my head closer to my display, I'm infringing upon Apple's patents. What the fcuk.

Where did you get this info from?

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tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

You guys should have a field day!


70829490 Identifying navigation bars and objectionable navigation bars Results of Search in US Patents Collection db for:
70829490: 0 patents.


D521193 Graphical user interface for a display screen of a communications terminal Lombard; Nancy (Solana Beach, CA)

D533561 Graphical user interface Google, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)

D533834 Graphical user interface for a display screen Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)

D541193 Display device showing user interface ZefTek, Inc. (Montgomery, IL)

D550359 Graphic user interface of page turning elements for a display screen of a communications terminal Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (JP)

7426682 Electronic messages with embedded musical note emoticons Via Technologies, Inc. (Taipei, TW)

7466735 Systems and methods for using image duplicates to assign labels to images Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. (Kanagawa-ken, JP)

7356894 Methods and systems for requesting and providing information in a social network Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, JP)

7485447 Web page zoom feature Novozymes A/S (Bagsvaerd, DK)

7395017 Assessing wireless network quality Oki Data Corporation (Tokyo, JP)

7495996 Systems and methods for detecting a memory condition and providing an alert Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)


Plug in the number here: http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm

Really? So far every patent number I've checked has nothing to do with Apple Patents.

Not one of your descriptions matches the Patent Number Description after checking.

What's the intent here?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Good work. I only have my iPhone on me at the moment, so I can't check the numbers easily yet (hence me asking for a source). It seems like we've been trolled?

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uteck Member since:
2006-07-16

Here is link to Engaget that has a better list of the patents Apple is listing.

http://i.engadget.com/2010/03/02/apple-vs-htc-a-patent-breakdown/

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

They may look silly but to really know if they are silly or not you will have to actually read what methods they patent.

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