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Apple plans to protect its iPhone against all contenders.

Palm's new Pre multitouch smart phone -- does the Pre infringe on Apple's patents, and rip off the iPhone's looks? You decide.  (Source: ZDNet)
Apple infers Palm's Pre phone may infringe on its IP, Palm says its not afraid of a fight

Apple created a fuss when Apple's Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook gave some pointed comments directed towards Palm.  The exchange took place during Apple’s recent earnings call.  During the Q&A, one of the reporters asks, "There are other iPhone competitors coming to the market: Android, Palm Pre. How do you think about sustaining leadership in the face of these competitors?"

That's when things went south.  COO Cook responded, "It's difficult to compare to products that are not yet in the market. IPhone has seen terrific rating from customers. Software is the key ingredient, and we believe that we are years ahead of our competitors. Having different screen sizes, different input methods, and different hardware makes things difficult for developers. We view iPhone as primarily a software platform, which is different from our competitors. We don't mind competition, but if others rip off our intellectual property, we will go after them."

Smartly picking up on recent talk of the similarity between Palm's upcoming "Pre" phone and the iPhone's interface, the reporter responds, "The Palm device seems to directly emulate the iPhone's innovative interface. Is that what you're referring to?"

Mr. Cook responds with a veiled threat, stating, "We don't want to refer to any specific companies, so that was a general statement. We like competition because it makes us better, but we will not stand for companies infringing on our IP."

If it weren't for the issues surrounding Palm's new phone, perhaps the comments could be considered ambiguous.  However, Palm's new phone features a multi-touch interface eerily similar to the iPhone's, the first smart phone outside the iPhone to implement this.  Further, it's developed by Jon Rubinstein, formerly Apple's head hardware engineer, who surely had intimate knowledge of the iPhone's inner workings.  He is not alone -- Palm's ranks are populated with ex-Apple engineers.

Well, perhaps the issue might have been settled or simply moved forward to less talk and more legal action, but Palm decided to take a jab back at Apple.  Palm spokesperson Lynn Fox basically tells Apple to “bring it” in a recent comment to the blog All Things Digital.  She states, "Palm has a long history of innovation that is reflected in our products and robust patent portfolio (31 pages of patents in Google Patent Search), and we have long been recognized for our fundamental patents in the mobile space.  If faced with legal action, we are confident that we have the tools necessary to defend ourselves."

Based on Apple's comments, many in the blogosphere are hinting that legal action from Apple seems inevitable when Palm pushes ahead with its new smartphone.  With a history of aggressive litigation, Apple seems unlikely to fail to back its threats. 

And with Palm's hopes of a turnaround riding on its new phone, it's not about to give up without a fight.  Thus the battle for the smart phone, and perhaps total phone sales crown may not be waged by the consumers this year, but in the courts.

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Oh Boy!
By Gzus666 on 1/23/2009 9:38:37 AM , Rating: 5
Nothing like Apple's vague, silly patents to brighten up your day. What other obscure things will Apple patent in the name of anti-competitiveness?

RE: Oh Boy!
By SlipDizzy on 1/23/2009 10:00:43 AM , Rating: 5
It's funny that he speaks about liking competition because it makes them better, but in the same sentence he references their IP. I doubt Apple wants real competition, they just want people to pretend they are competing.

RE: Oh Boy!
By Gzus666 on 1/23/2009 10:05:31 AM , Rating: 5
Pretty much. Apple is becoming worse than Microsoft used to be back in the day.

RE: Oh Boy!
By jiteo on 1/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Oh Boy!
By omnicronx on 1/23/2009 11:32:04 AM , Rating: 3
To once again play devils advocate, They do own the MP3 market, and the online music market. In the computer market, their business stragety is not designed to have a large marketshare. They make a lot of money selling high margin products with less than 10% share when compared to MS whose profits are less than 3 times more with around 90% share.

RE: Oh Boy!
By jiteo on 1/23/2009 3:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
They do own the portable media player market, but there's plenty of competition. It's just that the competition tends to suck :P

RE: Oh Boy!
By VashHT on 1/23/2009 5:26:00 PM , Rating: 5
I'd say it's more a case of the competetion's marketing sucking, there are plenty of mp3 plays out that are at least as good as the ipod for less money.

RE: Oh Boy!
By SoCalBoomer on 1/23/2009 1:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
They want to steal their competition. Yes, I'm still bitter about Konfabulator!

RE: Oh Boy!
By omnicronx on 1/23/2009 10:12:17 AM , Rating: 5
Worst part is, thats the layout palm has been using for years, long before the iPhone was even thought of. Apple you just added touch functionality, you are not the innovators of all that is smartphones. The Nokia layout is also very similar, and was also released long before the iPhone.

RE: Oh Boy!
By Moishe on 1/23/2009 11:37:03 AM , Rating: 2
Apple is also not the innovator to come up with multi-touch. They're basically doing what they always do... throw mud and bully their way through a market.

RE: Oh Boy!
By sliderule on 1/23/2009 11:54:32 AM , Rating: 2
I think Apple has some nerve. They're are as bad as anyone else about "stealing" ip.

Xerox PARC? Free Software?

RE: Oh Boy!
By Domicinator on 1/23/2009 10:34:33 PM , Rating: 5
Actually, I understood that the PARC project was presented to both Apple and Microsoft and then they BOTH used it. What's funny is that Apple continually tried to sue Microsoft throughout the 80s for using the window concept when Xerox is the company that essentially invented it.

Apple is pathetic. I can't believe more people don't call them out on their business practices. It boggles my mind that they have lasted this long without anyone blowing any whistles on them.

RE: Oh Boy!
By danrien on 1/26/2009 8:14:53 PM , Rating: 2
usually it takes having a monopoly to get whistles blown. take, for example, the computer market. similarly, the mp3 player market is really starting to look questionably uncompetitive in the general public's eyes. i don't see apple going on for too long with their practices and not getting sued for anti-competitive practices (if they continue being successful).

RE: Oh Boy!
By lagitup on 1/23/2009 12:02:02 PM , Rating: 5
What other obscure things will Apple patent in the name of anti-competitiveness?

Red delicious, granny smith, honeycrisp, and more...

RE: Oh Boy!
By SillyCon Volley on 1/23/2009 2:32:53 PM , Rating: 2
YEP!! They will use this litigation to raise the price of a MacBook Pro by $500. Just watch and see what happens..

RE: Oh Boy!
By androticus on 1/23/2009 5:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing like Apple's vague, silly patents to brighten up your day. What other obscure things will Apple patent in the name of anti-competitiveness?

Don't blame Apple for the existence of the patent system -- as long as this ridiculous system continues to exist, every company has a moral, legal, and financial responsibility to their shareholders to protect their own interests, and this includes patenting of technology. Without defensive patents, then other companies can usurp the technology and possibly even patent it themselves and turn around and sue Apple. Also, a company without a patent portfolio would be an easy target for offensive patent litigation by others with big portfolios -- as it stands now, big companies have so many patents they rarely launch patent attacks against each other, and when they do, they typically can only resolve them via broad patent cross licensing.

The patent system is on the whole ridiculous, and achieves the exact opposite of its stated intent. Rather than fostering innovation, it stifles it. Note that lawyers typically advise companies NOT to do patent searches on new things they develop, because the mere existence of the search can open them up to treble damage suits if they infringe! So here all these companies are mostly developing things they *hope* aren't covered by some patent; conversely, there are so many millions of patents now, that virtually any non-trivial device or system you can conceive would have to violate some patents. It is total insanity.

RE: Oh Boy!
By leexgx on 1/27/2009 10:29:57 PM , Rating: 2
maybe thay should sue google (G1 phone/market) or the better HTC touch HD thay use flip software as well as the Samsung Tocco does to

RE: Oh Boy!
By trisct on 1/29/2009 2:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
And that's why I have never bought anything from Apple, despite the Ipod's obvious appeal. Apple might have great designers and engineers, but the rest are a nasty bunch.

I'm just going to go out on a limb here...
By Motoman on 1/23/2009 9:35:07 AM , Rating: 5
...and surmise that Palm is smart enough to have looked into possible patent infringements before designing and marketing their product.

...I'm also going to surmise that Apple is probably protesting too much at this point...the Pre isn't even on the market yet, and they're thinly veiling lawsuit threats. The thing may be a total flop, and therefore irrelevant one way or the other...I would suggest that by getting all blustery about it, Apple is probably just fanning whatever fire the Pre has under it - undermining their own goals.

By bighairycamel on 1/23/2009 9:53:43 AM , Rating: 5
I don't get it. I haven't looked up what kind of design patents Apple holds, but how many ways do they expect you can put a touchscreen into a phone? Of course they're going to look the same, it's a rectangular piece of aluminum with a glass pane in the middle.

RE: I'm just going to go out on a limb here...
By Ticholo on 1/23/2009 10:24:48 AM , Rating: 5
I have a patent on a way to drink liquids from a cylindrical container. It involves bringing the container to your lips and increasing the angle at which you hold it while letting some liquid pour into your mouth.
I demand royalties!!! I'll sue anyone that infringes on my IP!

By Gzus666 on 1/23/2009 10:33:25 AM , Rating: 4
Steve Jobs, is that you?

RE: I'm just going to go out on a limb here...
By 67STANG on 1/23/2009 1:35:59 PM , Rating: 4
I thought I had time to register the iDrink. That's what I get for procrastinating.

By Dreifort on 1/23/2009 4:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
what did the 5 fingers of Apple say to the procastinator?


RE: I'm just going to go out on a limb here...
By Xerstead on 1/23/2009 3:26:36 PM , Rating: 2
Palm have been using touch screens in their products for years. Apple adds a touch screen to a phone, Palm adds telephone capability to its devices and Apple have a problem with this.
Is there something else i'm missing?

By Dreifort on 1/23/2009 4:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
Palm have been using touch screens in their products for years. Apple adds a touch screen to a phone, Palm adds telephone capability to its devices and Apple have a problem with this.

missing the part where Apple execs confer with their legal team and determine they have more money and more resources to keep this lawsuit in court -- forcing Palm to settle or go bankrupt. Eitherway Apple gets richer.

By robinthakur on 1/26/2009 8:02:55 AM , Rating: 2
I would imagine it has more to do with multi-touch and its application (especially the gestures like pinching and so on) which Apple will try to protect from becoming generic functionality, rather than the simple menu structure. Apple were the first to crack the touch screen with multi touch and capacitative touch, which is literally the tech. as it should be, and unlike the touch screens which have gone before it. I think they are being bullish over the patents issue, but surely they should have ample ground to stand on over this. When I first used the iPhone many moons ago, having come to it from HTC devices, the first feeling I had was that the human/device interface precision and "intuition" was revolutionary, and this should justifiably be protected by Apple. I think however, that Palm's offering will probably crash and burn like all the rest of their recent lines. They have hardly been relevent since the Palm Pilot went out of vogue in the early 2000's

Do you remember what "Smart" phones were even like before the iPhone? The screens were mushy and unresponsive, you had to use a stylus for any precision, installing apps was hit and miss, the OS was a joke (Wimo I'm looking at you)and they all looked like bricks. Credit Apple with having the ability to spur the rest of the industry to innovate or die, if nothing else.

RE: I'm just going to go out on a limb here...
By MrTeal on 1/23/2009 11:39:37 AM , Rating: 2
This will probably work itself out the way these things normally do. Apple will sue Palm for infringing on patents A, B and C, while Palm will counter-sue for patents X, Y and Z. Lawyers will get richer, they'll sign some cross-licensing deal, and it'll be back to business as usual.

By Murloc on 1/23/2009 1:09:09 PM , Rating: 3
lawyers always win.

By Motoman on 1/23/2009 2:44:11 PM , Rating: 2
...but think of the children!

No surprise here
By mal1 on 1/23/2009 9:42:34 AM , Rating: 5
When they're going after universities for having an apple in their logo. It's a f'ing piece of fruit! Why don't they sue Fruit of the Loom while they're at it? They have an apple on every piece of clothing they sell, TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT!

RE: No surprise here
By Master Kenobi on 1/23/2009 9:55:07 AM , Rating: 4
Fruit of the Loom predates Apple. If they attempted to sue they would get crushed.

RE: No surprise here
By Aloonatic on 1/23/2009 10:27:15 AM , Rating: 5
I've never seen such an overreaction to the unauthorised use of an apple since God caught a couple of people with one a few years back.

I believe Adam (on of the defendants) tried the "It's an f'ing piece of fruit" defence, but it got him nowhere and both him and his partner were punished severely.

RE: No surprise here
By IT guy on 1/23/2009 12:50:44 PM , Rating: 4
Bless You

RE: No surprise here
By Xerstead on 1/23/2009 3:21:41 PM , Rating: 5
Adam blamed Eve, who in turn blamed the snake. The poor smake didn't have a leg to stand on...

Sorry, couldn't resist that one :)

RE: No surprise here
By Dreifort on 1/23/2009 4:08:24 PM , Rating: 3
I thought the snake was the defense attny?

I thought Adam blamed Eve... until he (his eyes were opened and he) saw her naked. Then he wanted more fruit.

RE: No surprise here
By Aloonatic on 1/24/2009 7:41:24 AM , Rating: 2
Ah yes, the talking (what?) snake.

He was punished too, and made to live for all eternity as a erm..... snake.

Nice one God. *two thumbs up to the almighty*

RE: No surprise here
By Reclaimer77 on 1/23/2009 4:46:45 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget they tried to sue the city of New York because it's new "big apple" logo was 'too much' like theirs.

RE: No surprise here
By exanimas on 1/23/2009 11:25:01 PM , Rating: 5
In other news, Microsoft attempts to sue EVERY HOME OWNER IN THE WORLD for having something similar to the Windows logo on the outside of their houses.

iPhone as a proper name
By mattclary on 1/23/2009 11:00:59 AM , Rating: 5
OK, is it just me, or is anyone else driven crazy by Apple's tendency to refer to the iPhone and iPod without the "the"?

Examples from the article:
"iPhone has seen terrific rating from customers"
"We view iPhone as primarily a software platform"

This is RETARDED!!! The phrasing makes it sound like it is self aware!

Should the CEO of Ford say, "We view Taurus as primarily a family vehicle"?

Anyone remember Super Happy Funball?

"Do not taunt iPod!"

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By anotherdude on 1/23/2009 12:11:34 PM , Rating: 2
I can't explain how exactly but I think this is a branding thing - putting a 'the' in front of it sounds more generic.

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By FITCamaro on 1/23/2009 2:43:45 PM , Rating: 4
What you fail to realize is that with all the smug in the apple corporate offices, the "i" brand has gained a consciousness. It's kind of like how the dark side of the force twists things.

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By foolsgambit11 on 1/23/2009 3:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that it sounds weird. But I'm not sure exactly why. For instance, if an MS spokesperson said, "Vista has seen terrific ratings from customers", or "We view Vista as primarily a software platform", it sounds fine. In fact, my friends and I used to joke about the non-computer literate in the 90's by asking, "Do you have the Windows, or the DOS?"

You'd never see a car company referring to specific models without a 'the', right? It would be, "We view the Fiesta as primarily a commuter car" or whatever. But Jive Records would say of Britney Spears' newest album, "We view Circus as primarily a coaster." No 'the'.

So, I think the difference between using 'the' and not using 'the' is the same difference as between stealing and piracy. Things that get stolen get a 'the', because they're unique objects. Things that get pirated don't get a 'the', because they're not.

But, in that vein, since Apple views iPhone as primarily a software platform, I guess it makes sense to not use a 'the'. But it doesn't jive with popular usage by any means.

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By mattclary on 1/23/2009 3:43:16 PM , Rating: 2
You hit on something that I thought of after my original post. The difference seems to be an object vs. data. An album, an OS, a book or movie (title), are all data. With objects, we tend to say "the". Leave it to Apple to try to make their object and idea.

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By Dreifort on 1/23/2009 4:16:58 PM , Rating: 4
Vista is an operating system. It is not an actual device.

Try referring to a computer...say, Presario?

"We view Presario as..." or is it "We view the Presario as..."

iPod is a brand name of a device. Vista is the name of a service or software.

"We view Call of Duty as...", not "We view the Call of Duty as..."

Same with car models:

"We view Mustang as...", or is it "We view the Mustang as"

IMO, the grammatically correct verbiage should be "the iPod/iPhone"

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By foolsgambit11 on 1/23/2009 4:56:01 PM , Rating: 2
That's the same conclusion I came to, right? If you can pirate it, it doesn't get a 'the'? We agree 100%.

But even so, the rule doesn't always apply. For instance, you'd call MS's MP3 player "the Zune", but you'd call MS's touch-sensitive table-computer (a device) just "Surface". You'd say, "We view Surface as..." So there, I tried referring to a computer and failed. Even so, I think that's an exception, and the rule we both stated (in different terms) in general still stands.

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By Smilin on 1/23/2009 5:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
It's the preexisting word "phone" that warrants the "the".

If Microsoft were to release a phone based version of Vista and call it "vPhone" then the same silliness would apply.

Sounds normal:
We view the iPhone as...
We view the vPhone as..
We view the Phone as...

Sounds wierd:
We view iPhone as...
We view vPhone as..
We view phone as..

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By foolsgambit11 on 1/23/2009 7:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree. If MS were to release an OS named "Microsoft mComputer" you wouldn't say that, "We at Microsoft consider the mComputer to be the finest OS ever released." You'd say, "We at Microsoft consider mComputer to be the stupidest name for a piece of software ever." And besides, "windows" is a preexisting word, with no additional 'i'. Additionally, if MS made a phone, it would be a piece of hardware, no longer software, and therefore would get the "the" for that reason, no matter what they named it (given the rule posited above). That's why it's 'the' Zune. And Zune isn't a preexisting word, but it still warrants a 'the'.

RE: iPhone as a proper name
By Etsp on 1/23/2009 11:40:22 PM , Rating: 2
Well, how about this?
One of the things I’ve used on the Google is to pull up maps.
Sounds pretty weird to me. The sort of thing that if a politician said it, it would cause us to endlessly make fun of the fact that he can't speak. (I know, I know, it's over, I should just let it go...)

RE: Patents are for the UI and Multitouch/Gestures
By zombiexl on 1/23/2009 11:01:05 AM , Rating: 2
But didnt MS demonstrate multi-touch before the iPhone? Sure it wasnt on a pocket PC or phone, but still..

Also the gestures thing is just as retarded as a patent on sign language. Most PDA's i've used can understant the original Palm swipes that translated to letters. I dont remember (i may be wrong) palm suing over this.

RE: Patents are for the UI and Multitouch/Gestures
By Doormat on 1/23/09, Rating: -1
By omnicronx on 1/23/2009 12:02:21 PM , Rating: 4
You are only off by 25 years, but ok.. Multitouch is not an Apple invention, it was developed at UofT(university of toronto)/Bell Labs 25 years ago.

Apple bought out Fingerworks in 2005, who happened to be on of the most advanced companies in the field.

This being said, Fingerworks did not own the patents in which their technology is based upon.

As for the bandwagon you speak of, Microsoft had been developing and using the idea with their "Microsoft Surface" Project, long before the iPhone was even thought of.

Yes Apple brought multitouch to mainstream, but I would hardly call it jumping on the Apple Multitouch bandwagon.

By crystal clear on 1/24/2009 5:57:02 AM , Rating: 3
wish to add something more to your comment-

Microsoft recently invested in an Israeli start up N-trig-

N-trig is the only industry provider to offer a combined pen, touch and multi-touch solution, having overcome the technological hurdles of combining the two seamlessly in a single device. DuoSense is an intelligent digitizer, fully compatible with Microsoft natural input standards. N-trig's DuoSense digitizers are are easily integratable, support any type of LCD, keep devices slim, light and bright, can support numerous applications, and can be implemented in a broad range of products ranging from small notebooks to large LCDs.

“With the introduction of multi-touch in Windows 7, integrated with N-trig’s DuoSense technology, our customers will have a new and natural way to interact with their PCs,” said Ian LeGrow, Group Program Manager for Windows Client at Microsoft Corp. “By simulating the way people write and touch naturally, N-trig is helping to make it easier to navigate your PC and enable a new class of Windows experiences.”

N-trig’s touch technology is currently deployed in Dell’s Latitude XT, and was recently launched on HP’s TouchSmart tx2. The company also plans to announce more OEM design wins in the coming year, representing industry standardization of the N-trig hardware in the marketplace and further breaking down the barriers between the user and their computer.

By omnicronx on 1/23/2009 11:46:15 AM , Rating: 2
Apple didnt event multitouch either. Perhaps different aspects of multitouch such as specific gestures, but thats about it. The concerning the UI, the only thing I can think of is the status bar of icons at the bottom, which they will have a very hard time trying to prove, as it definitely resembles previous interfaces on the PC. All anyone has to do is say that because its a smartphone OS, it is not new technology, it is just PC technology displayed on a smaller screen.

By foolsgambit11 on 1/23/2009 3:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
It also resembles the interface on previous Palm devices.

What about the rest?
By Cerberus90 on 1/23/2009 9:52:20 AM , Rating: 2
What about the rest of the millions of MP3 players that look like every other iPod?

I'm sure if I look the just the Argos catalogue, theres about 5 that look just like a Nano.

Can't apple realise that if they make something that sells well, then others will try and simulate it.

I'm sure theres loads of other examples that are basically the same as this, so hopefully, if apple do take action, they'll lose.

RE: What about the rest?
By Master Kenobi on 1/23/2009 9:56:52 AM , Rating: 1
Apple learned the hard way when They stole from Xerox and Microsoft in turned stole from them. These days Apple trolls the patent space agressively.

RE: What about the rest?
By omnicronx on 1/23/2009 10:42:06 AM , Rating: 4
Xerox PARC was a thinktank, and Jobs was invited to preview their GUI in exchange for Apple stock. Gates got a preview at PARC before the first Apple OS went into development. In otherwords, aside from the idea of having a GUI, neither company really stole anything, and the entire speil about MS stealing from Apple is pretty far from the truth. Yes Gates worked with Apple AFTER previewing the PARC's OS (Apple and MS actually worked together on development from 81-84), but he did not steal the idea of the GUI from Apple.

RE: What about the rest?
By jonarosen on 1/23/2009 10:28:20 AM , Rating: 2

Not to mention that, out side of original Windows copying straight from Mac... Apple has actually not truly ORIGINATED many things. Apple did NOT invent MP3 players, they just had the biggest promoting bloc of all companies to make sure theirs was the most obvious.

The MP3 player started back with the Rio or Nomad, about 5-10 years before the iPod ever existed. However, it was only known by the computer-geek who kept up with companies like Creative (Aka: Makers of SoundBlaster audio-cards and the like)

Another example, is that as someone else stated, the iPhone actually is just a step up from what Palm has been doing for a long while. Basically making a Palm-phone. I have played games, listened to MP3's, watched movies and MANY other things that the iPhone (AKA Apple in this case.. again) COPIES from other places, repackages and goes 'Hey, look what we came up with'... Sorry, BULLS#!T.. .you didn't come up with anything other than putting it into a phone, and making some cutesy ways to move the screen and apps around.

If Apple tries to sue, I hope they get their collective a$$es handed to them.

RE: What about the rest?
By vapore0n on 1/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: What about the rest?
By RamarC on 1/23/2009 10:35:27 AM , Rating: 2
remember that creative and apple butted heads over mp3 navigation and apple wound up settling by paying creative $100M. so, the sword cuts both ways.

stifle it!
By MadMan007 on 1/23/2009 9:49:32 AM , Rating: 3
Stupid Patent Laws and Corporate Lawyers - stifling innovation since 1957!

RE: stifle it!
By Gzus666 on 1/23/2009 10:08:03 AM , Rating: 2
If that isn't the truth, I don't know what is.

Slippery Slope
By IT guy on 1/23/2009 12:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
Apple should be carefull here.
They have always been able to focus on newer and better.
But if they pick a fight in patent arena with phone/pda designs they will lose.

Mobile Me is a server based solution to allow users to sync their email, contact, calender with their computers and phone/pda. Hmm, sounds like a Blackberry.

In PC market they created new tech, here they are making changes to existing tech.

RE: Slippery Slope
By 67STANG on 1/23/2009 1:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
In an economy like this one, sometimes big corps go after the easy money-- litigation. It's usually cheaper than marketing.

By raphd on 1/23/2009 12:25:40 PM , Rating: 1
Apple is afraid. They should be.

RE: .
By SpaceJumper on 1/23/2009 2:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
I agree 100%. Apple is loosing ground. Apple iPhone is a great product but many others brands are even better than iPhone with dual SIM cards (one for home and other for business), replaceable battery, GPS, no need for iTune software, and on and on.

I'm Rick James, B**CH!
By chadwsmith on 1/23/2009 12:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
WTF is with the Dave Chappel photos?

Apple Lawsuit?
By mlmoorex on 1/23/2009 5:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
HTC should counter sue Apple since Apple stole the interface from HTC.

iPhone name owned by Cisco.
By mxnerd on 1/24/2009 10:12:09 AM , Rating: 2
The funny thing is Apple insisted it has the right to use iPhone name even Cisco registered it first. That idea is really some innovation!

By pdust on 1/25/2009 3:07:56 AM , Rating: 2
It seems apple is just hatin on the new palm pre and thinks it might be actually better than the iphone,cause when ya think about it, sprints instinct was multi-touch too and was almost the same as the iphone but apple really payed it no attention.

Biggist pimp ever!
By FPGAStudentSociety on 1/23/09, Rating: 0
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