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    Apple Sues HTC

    Apple has sued HTC claiming 20 patent violations relating to iPhone and other technology, including the iPhone's multitouch functionality.

    Link to article: Apple sues HTC over multitouch and other patents - ZDNet.co.uk


    Do you think HTC have a leg to stand on?

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    I saw that one this morning via IT pro news letter in my inbox and contemplated making a post but decided against it as didn't feel like starting a flame war or anything - would be good to see peoples opinions on this.

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    I think its pretty disgraceful that they were allowed some of those patents. I am generally against all software patents as they all seem to stiffle innovation and far to many are to generic.

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    It does make an interesting argument about what there patent actually covers.

    to quote: "'unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image', 'list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touchscreen display', and 'object-oriented graphic system'."

    what will happen to htc devices that do violate?

    can apple monopolise the market like this?

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    Software patents are ridiculous. That's all I have to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    It does make an interesting argument about what there patent actually covers.

    to quote: "'unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image', 'list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touchscreen display', and 'object-oriented graphic system'."

    what will happen to htc devices that do violate?

    can apple monopolise the market like this?
    I left them to it because apple are getting sued by nokia. Also sagem, blackberry and all the others are trying to file suit / follow suit etc so its just getting a bit silly now.

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    Most big companies are taking the michael over patents...

    patentening the 'click' or the 'genture' FFS

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    My guess as to the outcome will be a bunch of cross-licensing deals, a bit of money changing hands and it all going quiet. Simply because each company, and the open handset alliance (IIRC that's what its called) have a huge portfolio of patents with which they could strike back.

    This is more likely a method of ensuring cheap licensing deals...

    Software patents are a ridiculous idea. Sure, copyright things but patenting software is dumb.

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    Amazon have the patent for the 1 click shopping basket lol.
    Also BT have the old patent for the hyperlink as well. Scrap them all I say.

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    Theres no point patenting things that are to do with computers anyway... Microsoft will still steal all your ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    "'unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image'

    Thats funny. My tocco does that, ooh and yes i believe the tocco was out before the iPhone.

    Its thinks like this which remind me why i hate Apple sometimes. MS in the 90s... nothing compared to Apple of late.

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    I should have patented windows 7... as it was my idea

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    No. It was the idea of a few people. I've seen them on the telly telling me it was their idea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky View Post
    No. It was the idea of a few people. I've seen them on the telly telling me it was their idea.
    they were all linux/mac users then

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    [QUOTE=AIT;471646]
    what will happen to htc devices that do violate?
    [QUOTE]

    All affected phones will receive a software update that will:

    Display a message forcing the user to choose one of the following:

    1) Purchase an iPhone - this option will then brick the HTC handset
    2) Uninstall the HTC Software, bricking the handset as it does not comlpy with Apple Patents
    3) Ask again later - the prompt will then re-appear the next time the phone is switched on, or when you go to answer/make a phone call or send/receive an SMS/MMS


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