Several days ago when Apple hinted at legal action against Palm, we held our breath to see just what would happen. Now Palm has stepped up to the plate boldly and hinted that they’d fight whatever legal action is thrown at them.
In the infamous words of Lynn Fox, a Palm spokesperson, in response to Apple’s barred teeth:
Palm has a long history of innovation that is reflected in our products and robust patent portfolio, and we have long been recognized for our fundamental patents in the mobile space. If faced with legal action, we are confident that we have the tools necessary to defend ourselves.
In a previous article on OSNews concerning Apple’s veiled threats, Thom mentioned that “Palm better not infringe on any iPhone patents when Palm launches the Pre, because Apple is ready and willing to take such a case to courts.” It’s sounding as if Palm isn’t backing down in fear as Apple hoped, but quite the contrary. Could a vicious legal battle ensue when the Pre is released? It’s looking like a possibility.
“look, we’re sorry. Honestly, no idea it looked similar. Cor, lawyers eh? They never said nothing to us. We’ll just throw it away shall we?”
I simply love the way patent system works nowdays (or not). They are filling patents *only* to defend themselves from other companies – not to protect inventions like it was intended by creators of patent system. One more argument against patenting software – or maybe even more – against patent system at all?