Research In Motion (RIM) and Samsung have been hit with a patent infringement suit.
and whats this all about anyway. Well it has more to do with the emoticon input method used by a number of Samsung’s & RIM mobile devices. We all are no stranger to patent wars, and we all see are far amount of it in the news mainly around Iphone and MOTO, so I was thinking lets see what is causing this alleged emoticon patent infringement.
TREVOR MOGG with digitaltrends.com had this to report;
Patent disputes have been flying around the tech world at such a rate lately that you could be easily forgiven for thinking everyone’s suing each other over just about every tech patent in existence. Maybe they are.
The latest dispute to hit the headlines sees Samsung and Research In Motion (RIM) being sued by Varia Holdings for allegedly infringing a patent regarding, of all things, emoticon input on mobile devices. The legal action has no doubt left the Korean and Canadian tech companies feeling rather or even a bit :-S
The 16-page patent, which was filed in 2005 and granted two years later, includes the following:
“It is known that for many users, their email and instant messaging communications….often involve the use of emoticons, such as the ‘smiling face’ or the ‘sad face’. However, few email or instant messaging applications offer any assistance to a user to enter and use emoticons in their communications.”
The so-called “assistance” comes in the form of a quick-access key offering a list of emoticons to the user, and it’s the concept surrounding this function which Varia Holdings claims it owns.
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