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[5]: Good news?
by Laurence on Thu 1st Apr 2010 10:23 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Good news?"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

Apple is defending their patents after several companies ignored them and went ahead and chose to produce products and see if Apple will sue.

There's a difference between patenting new technology and patenting a fairly standard idea.
Most of Apples patents were so absurdly run-of-the-mill that short of all smart phones defaulting to a CLI, there was bound to be infringements.

For example: "using a gesture to unlock a phone" is hardly innovative. Gestures to unlock devices have been standard practice whether it's a hardware switch to flip open a laptop lid to a key you turn to open a door. Apple wasn't pioneering a revolution there, they were patenting the bloody obvious.

HTC will lose.

Thanks for that legal insight, however I think I'll wait for the real lawyers and judges to have their say before jumping to any conclusions.
If history has taught us anything, it's usually hard to predict just who will win in these cases (hence why so many of them are settled out of court).

Google is already in talks with Apple at the top brass to figure out how to diffuse the situation

That is standard practice. Not proof of a possible result.

and Nokia is going to fall on its face with it's request while having to deal with Apple's counter.

See point #2

Furthermore what makes you think Nokia's GSM -for example- patents (technology Nokia did develop) are less relevant than Apples patents.

Surely by stating that Apple has a right to uphold their patent portfolio but Nokia's patents are worthless is employing a huge dose of double standards

Whether you like it or not, Apple has amassed nearly 4000 patents since 2004 for their latest products.

See point #1

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RE[6]: Good news?
by twitterfire on Thu 1st Apr 2010 14:55 in reply to "RE[5]: Good news?"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11


There's a difference between patenting new technology and patenting a fairly standard idea.
Most of Apples patents were so absurdly run-of-the-mill that short of all smart phones defaulting to a CLI, there was bound to be infringements.

For example: "using a gesture to unlock a phone" is hardly innovative. Gestures to unlock devices have been standard practice whether it's a hardware switch to flip open a laptop lid to a key you turn to open a door. Apple wasn't pioneering a revolution there, they were patenting the bloody obvious.


This is the american patent system at it's best: permitting companies like Apple to patent general ideas and obvious things. Tomorrow we will hear that Apple has patented the wheel, and we must pay royalties to Apple if we own a car, a bike or even a wheelchair.

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RE[7]: Good news?
by CPUGuy on Fri 2nd Apr 2010 11:58 in reply to "RE[6]: Good news?"
CPUGuy Member since:
2005-07-06

It's hardly obvious when no other cell manufacturer is doing it... and now all of a sudden several are building it in.

These things are only obvious once you've seen it in action.

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