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Likely ill-fated voyage never left the dock

Did Oracle Corp. (ORCL) feel like it could be king of the smartphone world? 

Reuters is reporting that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison testified that his firm considered buying the remains of Canadian phonemaker Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM) and dead Californian phonemaker Palm (a shuttered subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, Comp. (HPQ)) in a bid to form a massive vessel to house the IT giant's budding smartphone ambitions and sail the mobile seas.

While Oracle may have considered RIM-Palm an attractive proposition and while HP and RIM might have viewed Oracle as their knight in shining armor, numerous icebergs would have loomed if this voyage came to fruition.

Aside from the fact that Oracle would be setting sail into waters ruled by veterans Google, Inc. (GOOG) and Apple, Inc. (AAPL), it would also be doing so with two firms who were rejected by consumers and left for dead.

Some might call this romance madness, but Mr. Ellison testified that his firm seriously considered making a life with the RIM-Palm, but that critical market research sunk the dream.  Instead, Oracle's heart will go on, as it tries to scuttle Google's Android operating system in court on grounds of intellectual property infringement.

In that regard, Oracle could hitch a profits joy-ride aboard Google's wildly successful Android operating system.  Oracle shouldn't count its smartphone dollars before they hatch, though, as Google isn't about ready to succumb to it in court.  The pair will continue their bitter legal dance in weeks ahead.


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RE: Ka-ching!
By Scootie on 4/18/2012 2:34:01 AM , Rating: 1
Time will come when new companies will have nothing to invent and patent because everything is already "invented" patented.


RE: Ka-ching!
By WalksTheWalk on 4/18/2012 11:35:24 AM , Rating: 3
According to the current state of the USPTO, all you need to do is word the patent to escape current patent wording and you're in.

For example, Apple's patent for multi-touch is:
quote:
A touch panel having a transparent capacitive sensing medium configured to detect multiple touches or near touches that occur at the same time and at distinct locations in the plane of the touch panel and to produce distinct signals representative of the location of the touches on the plane of the touch panel for each of the multiple touches is disclosed.


If I have the dollars to file a bunch of patents, all I need to do describe the new patent as being across multiple screen planes or for a curved panel since a curved panel is not technically within the same plane. Or I could change capacitive to non-capacitive. Or I could describe the patent as not for a panel, but for some other wording for panel.

These examples are to point out the ridiculousness of some of the patents. In this case, there are so many prior art cases for multi-touch it's ridiculous.


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