iPod Patent theft by Sonos?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Jovian9, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. Jovian9 macrumors 68000

    Jovian9

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    I'm not sure if this has been posted yet. In the November issue of Wired there is an ad for a music player which has a very similar wheel on it....it looks almost exactly like the iPod wheel. I thought I had read somewhere that Apple had patented that technology so no other music players could use it. Here is the link:

    http://www.sonos.com/

    If it is patented this seems like an issue that needs to be brought up.
     
  2. dotnina macrumors 6502a

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  3. jamdr macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know, its a browsing wheel. The idea isn't really Apple's. Maybe if it was touch sensitive, but if it's just a wheel, I don't think that's Apple's property.
     

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  4. G5orbust macrumors 65816

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    I dont think Apple jacked the patent, especially since Im sure if Apple wanted it it could easily buy the rights.
     
  5. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    I'm quite certain Apple has the patent for scroll wheel... touch, mechanical, or otherwise.
     
  6. Jovian9 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's what I thought. I think I had read that they had the patent from a thread here dealing with some other mp3 player that tried to use a similar scroll wheel......can't find a link though.
     
  7. munkle macrumors 68030

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    When Apple saw this device he commented that it likely violated on Apple's patents. From the Wall Street Journal:

    link (paid membership required).

    It's pretty old news, the device was announced the same time as the Airport Express - great timing there! It looks promising but is way too expensive, likely to violate patents and has been pre-release for so long I don't think it's ever going to see the light of day.
     

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