Apple Named in Touchscreen Patent Lawsuit

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Apple Named in Touchscreen Patent Lawsuit

 

 

AppleInsider reports that Apple is battling a complaint based on a touchscreen patent created in 1995 and 1997 by a company called Typhoon Touch Technologies.

 

Filed yesterday in an Eastern District Texas court--a region reputed for ruling in favor of companies filing patent lawsuits--the Seattle-based company claims that the patent refers to any electronic device equipped with touchscreen technology capable of collecting and storing information. The broad language of the patent implicates a wide range of companies.

 

This isn’t the first time Apple has received heat for apparent copyright infringement. Back before the iPhone had made its debut, Cisco Systems fought for its right to the coveted “iPhone” alias. Then, New York-based Klausner Technologies ravaged Apple for $360 Million in damages alleging that the company violated two patents regarding the visual voicemail feature.

 

At least this time, Apple isn’t heading to battle alone. Typhoon plans to involve several other major manufacturers, including Fujistu, LG, Lenovo, Nokia, Panasonic, Palm, Samsung, and Toshiba. The infringement suit had initially involved Dell and its Latitude XT tablet PC.

 

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Lou

I am going to throw in a lawsuit too. I have a patent on anything shiny, cars, TVs, mirrors, bald headed people. It would be cheaper for Apple to buy the useless company and break their pencils, that is all they have.

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Pete

I am going to patent, interface to control computer through human interaction.

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jeff-o

God, I'm getting so sick and tired of these lazy-ass think tank pseudo-companies that dream up great ideas and wait for someone else to do all the work. I think that unless they can prove they made a reasonable effort to actually develop, produce and market an idea, that copyright infringement suits like this should be thrown out.

Then there's the fact that Apple had been making the Newton for a full two years before this patent was filed! Shouldn't Apple be suing Typhoon?

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