02/12/2012, 10:29 PM
You see it a lot on the technology new websites about Apple suing various companies over patent infringement. A question to ask is why didn't Apple sue Palm/HP? Some would argue that webOS doesn't serve a threat to Apple so why should they waste their time. Would Palm/HP even have a case to defend themselves?
Here are the newest patents that Apple claims that Android 4.0 has violated:
This is already implemented all throughout webOS. Just go ahead and type a phone number and watch it turn into a link where it automatically opens your phone app when tapped.
US Patent No. 5,946,647 - this patent was filed in 1996 (issued 1999) and covers detecting data, such as a phone number, in an email or web page, creating a link to that data, and initiating an action like calling the phone number when the user selects the link. The data could also include addresses, dates, etc.
Just Type? Before this we had universal search.
US Patent No. 8,086,604 - this patent claims priority back to 2000 (issued Dec. 2011) and covers searching multiple sources of information (on device and elsewhere) through a single search interface, such as Siri. Apple specifically touts Siri in its injunction request, but also argues that a unified text search is covered by the patent as well.
The drag to unlock of webOS could fall under this, but the patent could be too different.
US Patent No. 8,046,721 - this patent claims priority back to 2005 (issued Oct. 2011) and covers Apple's signature slide-to-unlock feature. While Apple already has patent coverage on an image unlock feature, this newest patent is obviously intended to be a bit broader — likely addressing potential workarounds implemented by Google and OEMs over the last couple of years.
Type Assist? What OS doesn't have this?
US Patent No. 8,074,172 - this patent was filed in 2007 (issued Dec. 2011) and covers providing word suggestions while the user types on a touchscreen keyboard, where the suggestions can be accepted or rejected by the user.
What do you guys think?
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