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#1 theking

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:45 PM

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Apple was recently awarded a series of 25 patents covering nearly every aspect of the touchscreen-based user interface, including pinch-to-zoom, electronic lists, and transparent/disappearing scroll bars. The language in these patents is broad enough that Apple could use these patents to block all Android devices from the market, not just selected Samsung, HTC, and Motorola phones. Android tablets are also in danger, due to using many of the same UI elements just patented by Apple. This represents the greatest threat to Android yet, and given Apple's recent decisive court victories, it could spell the end of Android as we know it.

Two Patents That Could Doom Android
Here is a description of the two patents that could be the nail in the coffin for Android, along with the official title, and a brief explanation of what it includes:

Patent no. 7,966,578 (multitouch)

  • Title: "Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for translating displayed content."
  • Covers multitouch gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom, swipe-to-unlock, and moving items around on the screen
Posted Image Moving objects on a touch screen with multitouch gestures is a very essential function," he added. "I can hardly imagine that smartphones and tablets would be competitive in the future without multitouch object-moving. Posted Image
- Florian Mueller, FOSSpatents

Patent no. 8,223,134 (electronic lists, scrollbars)
  • Title: "Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents"
  • Covers file lists, contacts, songs in music libraries, email lists, anything that is displayed in list view on a mobile device screen as well as transparent scrollbars (they appear when you scroll up and down, or horizontally, but disappear when you're not scrolling)


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:18 PM

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:03 AM

why only android.... ?? what about windows.. ???

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:06 AM

I think corporate Amrica is more interested in corporate wars than in real creativity. There will be a like number of counter suits and we will be back to business as usual.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:32 PM

Don't worry... They will come under FRAND patents... Ask reasonable license fee if you want, else shut the duck up... They can't stop others due to these patents...

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 01:31 PM

American patent system is crap and Apple is spending huge to exploit it.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 12:13 PM

Soon Ford will be suing all the car companies for using 4 wheels on there cars.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:14 PM

If Adam and eve were alive today. They would have sued apple to use the name apple.
And eventually sue every human to eat from mouth and poop from..... :D

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:00 AM

Just wondering why can't Google stops it's search engine and location /maps service to be used in iphone! I am sure 50% apps would be crap without some of these....

As a matter of fact Google CEO shared stage with Steve Jobs during first iphone release and announced how tightly Google services are embedded in iphone :-)

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:05 PM

Just wondering why can't Google stops it's search engine and location /maps service to be used in iphone! I am sure 50% apps would be crap without some of these....

As a matter of fact Google CEO shared stage with Steve Jobs during first iphone release and announced how tightly Google services are embedded in iphone :-)

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Because they cant loose the customers who are on iOS.
Just to be default search engine on iOS, Google pays 1bn $!!!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:36 PM

As a matter of fact Google CEO shared stage with Steve Jobs during first iphone release and announced how tightly Google services are embedded in iphone :-)


Apple has discontinued Youtube on iOS as a preloaded app.
Earlier, it had also stopped using Google maps.
Its a divorce and now Apple wants alimony from Google :)

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:44 PM

I read somewhere Motorola sues Apple to pay for cellular data patents (EDGE/3G etc) in Germany or some other countries.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:27 AM

while multi touch is a tough patent to challenge, disappearing scroll bars have been around long before any iphone or even ipod so there could be a meaningful legal challenge to that patent

also apple's patents are only valid for north america and possibly europe
they don't have jurisdiction globally specially in india / most of asia
the EU can always force compulsory licensing in the public interest for which there is a legal precedent

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:36 AM

Motorola’s Patent Lawsuit Against Apple Goes After Siri, Location Reminders, Email Notifications & More




On Friday, Google’s Motorola Mobility unit filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple with theU.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington. So far, Motorola has only confirmed that this lawsuit has indeed been filed. The details of the lawsuit remain elusive, as the actual documents won’t be available on the ITC’s website until Monday and Motorola hasn’t released any concrete information about its allegations, yet. We have now learned, however, that the lawsuit, which seeks to ban imports of Apple’s hardware into the U.S., accuses Apple of infringing on seven of Motorola’s patents.

These patents involve location reminders, email notifications, video playback and Siri, the flagship feature of Apple’s current iOS lineup. According to this information, Motorola’s lawsuit argues that virtually every single hardware product Apple currently sells in the U.S. (with the exception of the classic iPod and iPod nano) infringes upon these seven patents. Sadly, that’s the extend of the information we have so far, but we will update this post once we learn more or once the full text of the lawsuit is available online on Monday.

When Google bought Motorola, it also acquired the company’s 17,000 patents (and 7,000 pending ones). At the time, many pundits assumed that one of the reasons for the acquisition was this trove of patents. Google itself, by virtue of being a relatively young company, does not have enough patents to defend its Android OS and other mobile projects from potential lawsuits by more established players in today’s litigious environment. Now, as the patent wars continue to escalate, it looks as if the company is ready to use Motorola and its patents to go on the offensive.



http://techcrunch.co...fications-more/


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:39 PM

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