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Apple gets smacked down again

Apple is on the warpath when it comes to protecting its two biggest moneymakers: the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung has been Apple's favorite punching bag [1][2][3][4] [5], but Motorola has seen its fair share of attention from Apple as well. Now Motorola can add another victory to its tally in the fight against Apple.
 
An Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission found that Motorola's Droid family doesn't infringe upon the following three Apple patents:
 
U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828 [Ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces]
U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607 [Multipoint touchscreen]
U.S. Patent No. 5,379,430 [Object-oriented system locator system]
 

Not surprisingly, Motorola was quite pleased with the ruling and released the following statement:
 
We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.
 
Apple could not be reached for comment.

Sources: CNET, U.S. ITC



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RE: .
By Tony Swash on 1/15/2012 10:05:47 AM , Rating: 0
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Number of apps is irrelevant.
considering how many of them are identical, repetitive, or just plain copies.
you really think that having 5000 fart apps is making certain service better


I don't think it's irrelevant but it's relevance needs to be qualified. What I mean by that is that is if, for example, iOS and Android have 500,000 apps and WP7 has 50,000 then that probably reflects less utility and value to most consumers. Also fewer apps probably means lower developer interest, particularly if the disparity between the size of the big and small app libraries is large, and that probably reflects something about the over all health of an app ecosystem. The healthier the app ecosystem the more developer love it will tend to get.

I think the number of apps is more important in relation to the tablet market because there are few tablet optimised or tablet specific apps and because the tablet market is at a much earlier stage of development compared to the smart phone platform. Androids generally rather low number of tablet specific or optimised apps is probably one of the reasons why Android tablets have not done so well compared to the iPad.


RE: .
By Souka on 1/15/2012 8:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
I "iFart" app is way better than the Droid version...


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