Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aricher, May 31, 2007.

  1. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    Apple Beware: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent

    Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying software, and the patent document even includes a helpful flowchart.

    According to its abstract, the Microsoft patent is GUI-centric. "A graphical user interface for a web telephone and other telephony devices provides a unique combination of display elements that provide information and enable the user to access functionality of the device," it reads. "The display elements include customizable screen areas called panes, an application program selection area, and call state area for displaying telephone line status information."
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    i doubt it, that description fits any smartphone in the market, so I am sure its not that crazy
  3. someguy macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.
    I could be wrong, but I think Apple gets patents for everything they do ahead of time so this kind of thing doesn't happen.
  4. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
  5. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    The USPTO is a mess and really needs a complete overhaul! They are now complicit in what amounts to legalized extortion. </rant>
  6. gco212 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2004
    Weren't they sued by Creative or someone for patent infringement and ended up settling with them.
  7. bloodycape macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2005
  8. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2006
    You would in fact be wrong. Patents are often not even pending when products are announced and haven't necessarily been awarded by the ship date.

    It's entirely possible both microsoft and apple filed patents close together for a similar device, and both went forward with producing said devices, and Microsoft may have gotten there first. A multitouch HTC handset is expected on 5th June, which would no doubt fall under this patent.

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