Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 21:55 UTC
Legal I guess this is what some people would call "karma". Apple may shout off the rooftops that it invented multitouch, and that anyone else using it is clearly stealing it from them - but another company has taken offence to that, and has slapped the Cupertino giant with a patent infringement suit over multitouch.
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RE[3]: Interesting
by glarepate on Thu 1st Apr 2010 01:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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The iPhone, iTouch and iPad don't have a "pointing and control device" - other than your finger - for it to be emulating, so I don't think this will fly against those devices.

In the interest of promoting discussion as opposed to nitpicking your post:

The patent doesn't specify that the implemented functionality is emulating a pointing and control device that already exists on the device in question, just that it emulates one. Maybe even one that isn't on the device because it has an emulator instead of the p and c device.

To my way of thinking this doesn't mean that the patent doesn't apply to Apple's i-devices, just that your example, by invoking the non-existent restriction of already having to have such an interface device and then providing an additional emulated one, doesn't capture the meaning of the patent's claims.

Does that make sense to you or do I just sound like I'm trying to make you look bad? Sorry if the latter.

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