When the Palm Pre was announced @ CES, I was kind of excited. I think that HTC’s G1 was cool, but basically a working prototype. And RIM’s Storm seems kind of hodge podge.
So now, I’m kind of conflicted being the Apple fan-man that I am with their insistence that they patented multi-touch.
I’d like to go to my legal team for review of this Engadget article.
Does Apple really have a claim?
Interesting article– Don’t think either company wants a turf war, especially in Patent Law.
“We’ve been unable to see the truth, because we’ve been fighting for ten
square feet of ground – our turf, our little piece of turf…All we have to do is keep up the general truce…” Cyrus
The truce will remain intact, even if there is some bickering in the press, maybe even an injunction letter or two…Stakes are way to high on both sides.
The G1 is quite nice. Open source and very handy. Screw Apple:)
I too own a G1 and love the open source apps!
You have an example of a “patent thicket”: Apple and Palm each have patented very narrow features regarding a touchscreen interface that the other company appears to use. No one appears to have a patent that even comes close to covering the whole interface, however.
Assuming that neither company wants to launch World War Patent, the traditional response to a patent thicket is to cross license each other’s IP. The wrinkle is that Apple will want a premium because it claims to have created the market.
I finally did it and when my phone died I went out and purchased the iphone. I like it and it is really easy to use.
For those who have one could you please advise on soem great apps that are must haves and advice on some watchout areas to avoid any unexpected issues.