Redditor finds feature in 1983 software invalidating Apple patent suit against HTC

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    b24pgg macrumors 65816

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    Here is an article about the lawsuit and here is the reddit thread about how the suit is frivolous:

    He goes into much further detail, but that's the jist. Ruling was supposed to happen Tuesday but has been delayed until 12/14

    tl;dr: Apple obtains patent for a system in 1989 that had been used at least 6 years earlier by another company, then attempts to sue HTC for infringement of that invalid patent
     
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    Was the previous software ever patented? Also this seems like a very long time ago and I am wondering if the software wasn't patented at the time and then Apple came along and patented it, if the patent office was up to snuff on all the patents that would be coming along for software.



    On a side note, good god, could I say patent anymore in this sentence?
     
  3. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Good question...I browsed through some of the reddit responses and found this:

     
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    What part? Source? Or are you trolling

    EDIT: trolling, apparently.
     
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    Doesn't matter. Prior art is prior art.
     
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    You've never been able to patent something already in use. They do sneak by, but those are typically ones that end up invalidated. Apple has been way too generic on some of them. I don't think everyone realizes how many commoditized parts are in smart phones. There are a ton of components shared amongst competitors.
     
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    Thank you... I think a lot of companies,, not just Apple have been tooooo generic on a lot of their patents.
     
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    I think it's probably the opposite...which is why so many of these smartphone manufacturer vs. smartphone manufacturer lawsuits seem so silly to the average consumer
     
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  12. Rodimus Prime, Dec 8, 2011
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    It not too bad until said companies start suing and blocking imports over said crapents.
    That or demanding money for them with the threat of law suits.

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    Things like say saying company A will licences this block of 1k patents for X amount to company B and yes their are going to be crapents in that block but what company B is after is say 10 patents in that block and it is getting the rest for "free" as a bonus and get some coverage from them. The crapents in that group are not bet since they are part of a block and not increasing the value of said block. It a way company work is they say just give me that huge block so I do not have to worry about anything.
     
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    You might be right. I come across some of these posts and things with so much bias at times. Even with Samsung phones the newer ones seem to have taken off from the F700 with the physical keyboard removed (announced February 2007, they did not copy an iphone in a month's time:rolleyes:). The patent battles are beyond ridiculous. It's boiled down to attempting to get competing products pulled in any way possible.
     

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