quote: Let's see here, Apple invented the smartphone, the rectangle, a thin piece of plastic, swiping your finger from left to right, clicking on links... Noone (not even Pirks or the most die-hard of fanboys) can seriously believe Apple invented everything and that all these patent claims are legitimate.
quote: Apple invented the smartphone
quote: Apple invented the rectangle
quote: Apple invented a thin piece of plastic
quote: Apple invented swiping your finger from left
quote: Apple invented clicking on links
quote: The patent in question is US Patent 5,946,647, "System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data." The patent was applied for by Apple engineers in 1996 and awarded in 1999. It relates to a feature that first appeared in Mac OS 8. Applications could, using a system-wide service, automatically detect certain types of data, such as dates, names, addresses, and more. A contextual "tool-tip" would pop up if the mouse was hovered over any recognized data, offering certain actions that could be performed with it