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    PCMag:Apple's Patently Absurd HTC Suit

    Apple's Patently Absurd HTC Suit - Reviews by PC Magazine


    Take Patent #7,657,849: For Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image. That right, Apple owns that sideways swipe that wakes up the iPhone—and just about every other smartphone on the market. As written, it would also apply to the Palm Pre's Upward Thumb Swipe Unlock gesture. I suspect that the act of touching, itself, is patent pending.

    Also revolutionary is Patent #7,633,076: Automated Response To, And Sensing Of, User Activity In Portable Devices. This is just the sensor that turns off the screen when you hold it to your head. Clever, no doubt, but patentable? Evidently.

    And then there is Patent #7,362,331: Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States. According to the patent filing, "[t]he present invention relates to a method for moving objects within the graphical user interface (GUI) of an operating system in a manner that provides a transitional effect between window states, which is pleasing to the user." In other words, that zooming effect your see when you minimize an application or window in the Apple OS—or Windows 7, webOS, Android, and basically every modern operating system. Yeah, Apple owns that too.

    There are 17 more, and many of them are pretty technical. Evidently Apple owns the patent on an "Object-Oriented Graphic Systems" (Patent #5,455,599). Seems like that could be a serious money-maker. But even in the basic patents listed above, it's clear that the entire smartphone—and even the PC—industry is beholden to Apple. So why is Apple just attacking HTC?

    Every tech company, and especially those that have been in business for a while, have huge stashes of patents, most of which are quite arcane. It would be damn hard to build a PC, smartphone, or piece of software that doesn't infringe on someone else's patent. That is the nature of innovation. Few of these patents are enforced, and when they are, the companies usually settle on a fair licensing fee, and everybody wins. All the companies involved have incentives to play along, since everyone has the goods on everyone else. Just don't try to play the game unless you have your own arsenal of patents. I think that is what happened to HTC.

    There are plenty of other targets to choose from. Google developed Android and is also selling Nexus One phones. Don't those phones violate Apple's patents, as well? For that matter Motorola, Microsoft, and Palm are no doubt in violation of many of these same patents. But they are too well-armed with their own patent arsenals. I am sure HTC has some patents of its own, but not as many as the other, more established firms. HTC brought a knife to a gun fight.
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    It seems to me that Apple might finally be feeling a crunch from all the other phones out there that can compete with the iPhone.

    I hope this goes away, it does seem a little to general for a patent to be issued.
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    agree, it is to general
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    As the article says, if Apple could slow down HTC delivering Android based products or even halting it completely, it would be a win for Apple. Wow, talk about guaranteeing your domination.
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    Apple is probably looking into the future, with smartphones eliminating the need for their precious little ipods and Windows 7 launching in PC's and mobile devices, they probably feel a need to capitalize on the mobile market.
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    IMHO this legal suit will be rejected/not accepted The multitouch, zooms in and out features have been out made by other companies for geography purposes ,a while before companies like MS, Apple and others deciced to include it on smartphones.

    Touchscreen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    History

    Touchscreens emerged from Daniel mwangi and corporate research labs in the second half of the 1960s. One of the first places where they gained some visibility was in the terminal of a computer-assisted learning terminal that came out in 1972 as part of the PLATO project. They have subsequently become familiar in kiosk systems, such as in retail and tourist settings, on point of sale systems, on ATMs and on PDAs where a stylus is sometimes used to manipulate the GUI and to enter data. The popularity of smart phones, PDAs, portable game consoles and many types of information appliances is driving the demand for, and the acceptance of, touchscreens.

    The HP-150 from 1983 was probably the world's earliest commercial touchscreen computer. It did not actually have a touchscreen in the strict sense, but a 9" Sony CRT surrounded by infrared transmitters and receivers which detect the position of any non-transparent object on the screen.
    Until the early 1980s, most consumer touchscreens could only sense one point of contact at a time, and few have had the capability to sense how hard one is touching. This is starting to change with the commercialisation of multi-touch technology.

    Touchscreens are popular in heavy industry and in other situations, such as museum displays or room automation, where keyboard and mouse systems do not allow a satisfactory, intuitive, rapid, or accurate interaction by the user with the display's content.

    Historically, the touchscreen sensor and its accompanying controller-based firmware have been made available by a wide array of after-market system integrators and not by display, chip or motherboard manufacturers. With time, however, display manufacturers and chip manufacturers worldwide have acknowledged the trend toward acceptance of touchscreens as a highly desirable user interface component and have begun to integrate touchscreen functionality into the fundamental design of their products.

    The term multi-touch is a trademark of Apple Inc.[1]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch

    Just have to named it with a different name.
    Last edited by akitayo; 03/05/2010 at 08:35 PM. Reason: more information
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    I hope they don't win anything. They had the patent for unlocking the screen for god sake!.. Jobs is just ****ed cause everything blew up while he was gone.. now competition from Google is huge.. windows soon to be... So instead of competing they want to cry and ***** and sue. F you apple. Happy to have never given you a cent!

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