Update 8/8/2012: Is Apple really going to do something with this? It’s been 21 days since they supposedly received these patents, July 17th. There’s a new ptition to stop patent abuse from Apple which may be found >>>HERE<<<. Your support is greatly appreciated.
The jig is up, Apple won virtually EVERY significant & vital touch screen patent there is, such as multitouch, lists, and more…
Apple has the power to rip Android apart, Steve Jobs’ grave is rumbling with sounds of bliss as you read this… If you’ve visited his grave lately, you probably felt what was similar to an mini-earthquake or a long lasting explosion in the graveyard, and heard bottles of champagne popping along with joyful screams and shouts of Jobs’ voice muffled by the casket, gravestone, and grass above. Translation: the exact opposite of rolling over in his grave… He’s back from the dead to celebrate… Champagne, anyone?
Remember when the late Apple CEO stated: “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong… I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” Well, unfortunately he won’t be eating his words anytime in the near future…
Apple was awarded with 25 different touch screen patents. This sounds like no big deal, right? Guess again! Apple can tear down every single touch screen manufacturer, and touch screen based OS including Android. In my opinion the judge made a very poor decision because the government just legally gave Apple the power to monopolize the smartphone business. Well, that’s just my personal belief but, they did essentially that. Will the government really allow this? Many love Apple, I for one don’t, but this is another Microsoft monopoly-like case, except Apple can destroy the competition legally, whereas Microsoft just had dominance. Now is the time for Google to appeal.
As one commenter mentions, there is prior art to Symbian, PalmOS, and others, “As much as I love… many of Apple’s refinements to pre-existing technologies, there is “prior art” found in Windows Mobile, Symbian, PalmOS, AND mobile UI’s for non-smartphone, non-Apple mobile devices that should’ve invalidated this patent on its face.”
As Android Central mentions, Apple has enough funds to keep this judges and lawyers very busy, with Google, & manufactures & tired weary judges begging for mercy on their knees, while Apple could not be more delighted. If Apple gets what they want, you can possibly say goodbye to Android, WebOS, PalmOS, Windows Mobile, possibly even a Microsoft Tablet, and those non-Major OS’d devices such as the LG Rumor Touch, and the Samsung Impression.
Apple Now Owns:
• Pinch To Zoom
• Electronic Lists
• Swipe To Unlock (Not Just the iPhone way of this, the Motorola Froyo, GB, & ICS, Stock ICS, and JellyBean, and more…)
• Moving Items On A Screen
• “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).
Comments: “If this goes according to plan, I think I might have to get a restraining order to any Apple Store or any store that sells Apple Products within a 1,000 mile radius…” – Anonymous
Note to Anonymous, I don’t blame you, pal… I am going to put it this way, if I can’t upgrade my device to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in June, because of Apple, I will have a wild tantrum…
Comments that were listed on the RootzWiki site that we think you should read that are important:
• “Perhaps McDonald’s should sue Apple for stolen technology. They were using touch screen POS systems LONG before iPhone hit the street.”
• “It will create a black market for smart phones, I image it would be time for Google to put their money and lawyers on the move and ask for an appeal of these patents because of prior art. Google can go public with this and lead the fight for patent law reform, which would be the solution to the problem here.”
• “I am going to patent usb battery charging, front camera on phone, micro sim, buttons on phone etc…”
Update 4:55pm: Apple Sues Samsung for $2.5 BILLION, which just goes to further prove my point…
This puts Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Sony Ericsson, ASUS, HP, Pantech, ZTE, Huawei, Google, every other touchscreen device manufacturer in despair, along with the carriers that sell these products, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and their MVNO’s.
This may even extend to tablets, and touch screen PCs, it all depends on the judge presiding the case… How long before Apple gets the Samsung’s Flagship Galaxy S3 banned from most countries? Will the S3 be known as the phone that could have been???”
Apple has been on a winning streak in court (for the most part), but hopefully Google appeals and this causes a mobile patent reform, because this is all together ridiculous. For those who say, “This will never happen…”, I hope you’re right, but the purpose of this article is not saying this will happen for sure, but it is a strong possibility… As someone pointed out to me, Google has a point that they can sue Apple for, “Notification Center” that iOS implemented that was originally featured on Android… Apple has the patents, but I’m guessing as soon as they start to sue the pants out of Android, a judge will put this all to rest, I hope anyways…
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