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Re: Will Apple's iPhone Patent Pre-empt the Pre?
Posted by: Erika Morphy 2009-01-27 13:46:00
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a key patent for its iPhone, which it applied for in September 2007. Patent 7,479,949 covers the product's distinctive multifunction touchscreen. It also encompasses technology behind the iPhone's hardware, operating system and certain phone and camera functions, such as the device's uncanny ability to determine which icon the user intended to press when more than one was selected.

Has Apple Infringed on Palm Patent(s)
Posted by: mybadcode 2009-01-28 12:20:10 In reply to: Erika Morphy
As crazy as it sounds Palm Inc filed for a patent for "User Interface for Presenting a List of Thumbnail Items Associated With Media Items". If the description is correct all smartphones that use Icons to start applications are infringing on this patent. Will Apple pursue their multi touch suit without a counter suit by Palm, RIM and possibly the backing of Google (Android)? Time and $$ will tell.

Let's not have a double standard
Posted by: czechm8 2009-01-28 06:50:42 In reply to: Erika Morphy
"From a user application standpoint, it's a market-differentiator." "...patentees can obtain coverage on features found in competitors' products."

How can Apple patent a user's finger movements on a touch screen as a "product differentiator" but 3G carriers, who had 3G data devices LONG before the iPhone 3G came along AND long before AT&T had a 3G network, can't claim 3G data speed as a product differentiator for their products?

As I see it, enforcing such a broad stroked and ambiguous patent is akin to holding a patent for the ascending numerical arrangement of 12 buttons on a touch tone phone or use of white colored plastic in the body of electronic devices or the use of "i" before your product name. You need to have more specific and intellectually unique product definitions to patent. What's next? Ford suing GM and Chrysler for stealing the idea of four wheels on a car?
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