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Palm says Apple multi-touch patent wont stop its Pre

The U.S. patent system is severely broken, as most fans of technology will agree. Patents are issued with alarming frequency for technology that is obvious and at times even pre-existed the patent application.

Many see this as the case with the patent that was granted to Apple this week covering multi-touch and gesture control for its iPhone and computing devices. The problem for some technology fans is that multi-touch and gesture control were hardly pioneered by Apple in many eyes.

When I first heard Apple was granted a patent I immediately had visions of a mass legal crusade by Apple to get other tech firms to stop using multi-touch or else pay licensing fees to fatten the fruity coffers.

If you look at it multi-touch is everywhere already, many computer makers like ASUS have multi-touch track pads. Microsoft has been showing multi-touch in its Surface design for years and other firms use the technology currently as well.

One of the technology firms that is placing a lot on multi-touch is Palm with its Pre handset that debuted at CES 2009. The potential issue for Palm is that the Pre uses both multi-touch and gesture control. Laptop Magazine talked to a Palm spokesperson Lynn Fox to get insights on what Palm thinks about the Apple patent.

Fox told Laptop, "Palm has a long history of innovation that’s reflective in our products and our robust patent portfolio, and we’ve been long recognized for those fundamental patents in the mobile space. If we are faced with legal action we are confident that we have the tools necessary to defend ourselves."

Fox also says that Palm has no plans to delay the launch of the Pre based on the patent being issued.

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Gimmy a brake
By icanhascpu on 1/28/2009 6:56:04 PM , Rating: -1
Guys, Apple isnt even doing anything wrong. Whats with all the wishful thinking so you can dislike the company even more? Get a hobby.

RE: Gimmy a brake
By wrekd on 1/28/2009 8:00:34 PM , Rating: 2
No, but like most patent holding companies nowadays, they use the protection of a patent in ways not originally intended.

RE: Gimmy a brake
By icanhascpu on 1/29/09, Rating: -1
RE: Gimmy a brake
By gfxBill on 1/28/2009 8:24:19 PM , Rating: 2
I *like* Apple, they do some great stuff. But patenting moving your finger on a touch screen? C'mon...

RE: Gimmy a brake
By icanhascpu on 1/29/2009 4:45:26 AM , Rating: 1
Yes because its as simple as that right. You dont even know what the patent defines do you.

RE: Gimmy a brake
By googolPLeX on 1/29/2009 4:11:38 PM , Rating: 3
That is the second time you said "You dont even know what the patent defines do you".

Please enlighten us all to what *exactly* is so innovative and different that we don't understand and articles about this get so wrong.

One could easily say that you don't know anything about the patent either. The onus is on you to explain what we don't understand.

RE: Gimmy a brake
By xti on 1/29/2009 12:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, nerds rank higher in the pecking order if they hate big mainstream companies.

creative nomad = the anti-boner.

RE: Gimmy a brake
By Smilin on 1/31/2009 1:28:03 AM , Rating: 1
A brake? I'll gave yew a spellar checkar.

BTW Yes, Apple IS doing something wrong. They are patenting the ideas of others. I don't dislike them but if they try to take this to the next step and actually sue people then I'll start.

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