Apple sued over iPhone Web-surfing technology

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  1. westernmass macrumors 6502

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  2. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    There must be a lot more to that story than presented in that article. If the patent was awarded last month and the iPhone has been web surfing for over a year, how can this have any merit?
     
  3. westernmass thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yea I don't get that either. Wait I really, really was going to invent the Iphone and took out a patent this month. Can I sue to?
     
  4. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    Wow, what a joke.
    Lol... sigh.

    Some people will do anything to try to make money.
     
  5. kornyboy macrumors 68000

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    Or steal it legally. LOL.
     
  6. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    I think what is more pathetic is that they will only see the iPhone, and not the G1, or Instinct, or Storm, or any other crappy non iPhone that trys and competes with the iPhone.
     
  7. Snowy_River macrumors 68030

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    A clarification for those who don't understand how patents work, a patent that was issued last month was likely applied for at least 18 months ago. So, in principle, this patent may have been applied for before the iPhone was released.

    Now, what is a bit pathetic about this is that the proper route would be to approach the users of this technology to get a licensing deal. That they are suing a month after the granting of the patent makes it seem unlikely that they ever approached Apple for such an arrangement. Or if they did, Apple Legal reviewed their claim and decided that they didn't have a strong case, and therefore turned them down flat. If that's the case, I doubt they'll with their suit.
     
  8. deimos256 macrumors 6502a

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    mr real estate developer is probably losing his shirt in the market and needs to get some cash, go run into a knife dude
     
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    The correct thing to do before commenting, is to look up the patent.

    In this case, the patent was applied for back in 2006:

    Patent Document Here

    As far as I can tell from a quick glance, it's about dividing a web page into zoomable areas. The iPhone does this, but not in the same way or using the same view method as claimed in this patent.

    As for greedy patents, let's not overlook the "200 iPhone" applications for possibly previously used ideas. My favorite is the one for different "two fingered conrol knob gestures", which is not only very similiar to stuff used years ago in my field, but is incredibly obvious.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    isnt there something about first to market or am i dreaming stuff up?
     
  11. question fear macrumors 68020

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    I dont know much about their specific patent, but mobile web browsing existed for years and years before the iPhone. Not only that, but I can name 3 or 4 mobile web browsers that work just like the iPhone's.

    Isn't Nokia's web browser a cousin of the iPhones? I thought they used the same base...if so they've had that for many years prior to the patent troll sniffing around.

    We need a major revamp of the patent system in this country, since every two-bit player can patent a variation of a concept invented, tested and created long ago and sue for rights. It's ********.
     
  12. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for doing the research, kdarling. That definitely changes things. It's a shame when major media outlets, such as MSNBC, choose to omit such information or are too lazy to do the research themselves. Apparently, it's more sexy for them to spin the article the way they did than actually present the facts of the matter. Of course, that is the primary reason I I don't use them for my news. :rolleyes:
     
  13. milani macrumors 68000

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    Agreed, good work kdarling. Your revelation fly completely in the face of the article's "spin."
     
  14. daisuke07 macrumors regular

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    how come i cant view it on my iphone? do they hate it or something 
     

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