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BumpTop, a multi-touch OS skin maker acquired by Google, offers users a unique touch-driven operating system experience. Its rumored that the skin will play a critical role in the upcoming Chrome OS from Google.  (Source: BumpTop via YouTube)

BumpTop offers touch cropping; handy for both vacation photos -- and photos with your ex in them.  (Source: BumpTop via YouTube)
Acquisition could make for exciting advances in the tablet/netbook realm



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RE: Sweet purchse!
By SunAngel on 5/3/2010 10:26:08 AM , Rating: -1
Does this mean you intend to become an enabler and support Google infringement on Apple's captive touch patent? I'm just asking.


RE: Sweet purchse!
By Superfoot09 on 5/3/2010 10:57:17 AM , Rating: 2
"Does this mean you intend to become an enabler and support Google infringement on Apple's captive touch patent? I'm just asking."

"Captive touch"? Did they patent that too? I guess capacitive wasn't enough. Lol. Aple boyz lrn to speel.


RE: Sweet purchse!
By FlyBri on 5/3/2010 11:59:24 AM , Rating: 4
SunAngel, you have a lot to learn about patents. Just because something is patented does not mean that the patent is rightfully held. The US Patent & Trademark Office is understaffed and does not have the expertise to accurately determine every patent application that comes in.

I'm not going to get into all the details, (you can read about them for yourself) but there are certain criteria that have to be met for something to be considered patentable. Sometimes, these criteria aren't really met, and patents are given out anyway, due to the lack of expertise in the Patent Office. Much of the patent infringement lawsuit Apple is bringing on HTC has no actual merit, as many of the patents listed in the lawsuit that Apple holds won't hold up in court. Why? Because they have already been done before Apple applied them to its own products. Also just tacking on "on a mobile device" to an invention (like Apple has done to many patents in this case) also does not really warrant a separate patent -- but things like this do get through.

Just because an entity holds a patent does not automatically make that patent valid (for the reason described earlier). As such, a patent's true validity is often proven in court. I am confident HTC will not be found guilty of patent infringement on most (if not all) the patents in question. I believe Apple knows this, and is only bringing about the lawsuit as a strategic move to slow down Google's rapidly increasing market share in the smartphone market.


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