Apple targeted by patent troll on every touch product
0. phoneArena 24 Apr 2012, 23:01 posted on
We're used to seeing Apple engaged in patent lawsuits, often as the plaintiff, although occasionally as the target. However, this time FlatWorld Interactives has targeted Apple, and targeted the company in a big way...
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2. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
At least they have their own patent, unlike Google who stole it and distribute them to Android manufacturers as if its their own.
7. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
I think you actually mean "slide to unlock.". You know, that thing that was invented and used well before Apple patented it as if it was their own and started suing everyone over it.
11. wumberpeb (Posts: 445; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Don't feed the trolls...they're never full
3. wumberpeb (Posts: 445; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
This is ridiculous, as this would affect every modern smartphone, and likely tablets, if I'm not mistaken...
Trolling at it's finest, or worst if you wanna look at it that way
4. wumberpeb (Posts: 445; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Scratch that part about EVERY smartphone or tablet, not sure what a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad is...still dumb that companies and their lawyers think they can feed off of Apple (or any company) in the hopes for some out of court settlement. Rambus anyone?
10. Leo_MC (Posts: 584; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
No, the only thing ridiculous is US patent system.
Come on, how can a company get a patent that is already used in another device? Make a f* database, US and stop wasting everyone's money.
12. wumberpeb (Posts: 445; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Its still ridiculous, but you're right as well. Doesn't take away from my original point
16. Leo_MC (Posts: 584; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
In EU Apple's patent claims almost never got answered because of a different system, in Asia is the same thing; the only problem is in US market.
So this will affect only the smartphones sold in US because FCC - if I'm not mistaking - does a lousy job.
22. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
As I recall, the patent war started in Germany between Apple and Samsung, then travelled around the world. The U.S. was the last stop on their global tour. So it seems the international patent system has some work to do. And you can make any product you want. It's the responsibility of the original patent holder to realize you're using their ideas.
17. tedkord (Posts: 5148; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
It is overly broad. They should only sue for valid issues, like rectangle shapes and black bezels.
5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
how can you patent a gesture… maybe if it was the technology that read the gesture, but a gesture in itself is ridiculous..
and ps michael h, this started before the earnings call this morning-- not an important detail but just wanted to let u know
9. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Our friend from Xerox was ahead of the curve:
Not to mention the other companies that put that idea to fruition and expanded upon it.
18. tedkord (Posts: 5148; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I was really beginning to think this video was barely related to the topic, when the fellow opened a book on the desktop, used a multitouch gesture to highlight a paragraph in the book, and dragged and dropped it in his presentation.
Apple ripped alot more than the GUI off Xerox. Looks like Xerox were the real geniuses.
6. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Dear apple, you started it and it'll take you to your end:)
20. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Patent "using the middle finger to do the screen unlock"!
21. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
And here is a gem I just saw on Phonescoop...
"Apple iPhone Violates Motorola Wi-Fi Patent"