Apple, Microsoft sued over iPod, Zune controls

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  1. PeteB macrumors 6502a

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    Source: The Register

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/17/texas_touchpad_trouble/
     
  2. quagmire macrumors 603

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    Why are these companies waiting now to post these lawsuits? How long do these companies have to claim infringement before they lose their patent?
     
  3. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe they JUST remembered haha.
     
  5. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

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    I invented blinking years ago.

    All of you open your peepers now or I'll call my solicitor.
     
  6. fily macrumors regular

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    I can't actually remember what the waiting period would be. But honestly, if I was in the position like that and I was a greedy bastard of a company, I'd wait as long as possible. The more "damage" done, the more money you get in return.

    Say Apple released the iPod and one year later this company would be able to sue them, they'd get a good hunk of money, but Apple could refuse to keep making iPods and than that good hunk of money seems like nothing.
     
  7. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    They invented the touchpad? Hmmm...I have a feeling they will not win this lawsuit.
     
  8. no.1 Apple Fan macrumors regular

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    Yes, of course some company made up of 2 wannabe big business men who operate in a basement and are named after some indian tribe invented the touchpad. Of course they did.:D

    This sounds prettttty sketchy to me.
     
  9. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    I guess they forgot about the

    Newton Message Pad

    Released August 1993
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    This was released six years before they applied for their patent. I highly doubt Apple never patented it. In all likelihood Apple has patents leading up to the Newton for several years prior to 1993.
     
  10. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Lol...exactly what I was thinking. If they win a penny I will be utterly shocked!
     
  11. MacVixen macrumors 6502

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    I believe this suit has been filed in what has become known as the "patent lawsuit" capital of the US - Marshall, Texas. As the linked article states:

    Sooo.... I guess we will have to wait and see.
     
  12. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

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    So some dinky little company wants to sue Apple, Microsoft, LG, and about twenty other companies?

    That's...not gonna end well for the company. Way too much power on the other end.
     
  13. no.1 Apple Fan macrumors regular

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    Yeah, it'll be fun to watch what happens to them and Psystar (I have never quite gotten if it is pronounced pie-star or not.)
     
  14. Mac Kiwi macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe they are hoping bad,ongoing publicity will extort some cash out of them? {Apple etc}


    I shudder to think what these frivolous lawsuits cost the US taxpayer every year.
     
  15. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Never mind domain-squatting, IP squatting is turning out to be a major pain..
     

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