Well this is a piece of news that I didn’t really care to see today. Apple has been granted a new user interface patent that covers everything from the camera roll to email to basically anything that you can do on a touch based user interface. And with Apple we know what this means, it’s time for Android manufacturers to break out the aspirin because I can already see the lawsuits in my minds eye. Android manufacturers and mobile companies overall are going to have a rough time fighting off Apple with this latest development. This once again goes to show the problems with the patent system and why it needs changes. You really shouldn’t be able to have a patent this vague as this is just going to destroy competition and innovation. I’m not sure what they were thinking when they granted this patent but it’s needless to say that this is going to create a major hubbub within the mobile market. Please, feel free to vent your feelings in the comments below. In fact, I encourage you to.
Lest get this out now...This is absolutely retarded, but it does raise questions...
Why don't other manufacturers file for these types of patents so they can protect themselves?
Does the patent office just approve every vague idea and then let lawsuits settle if they are valid?
Would Apples have a better product if they stopped filing patents and actually spent the money on R & D?
Allallon Amen to that. I've voice nearly that exact observation more than once. But when u revu Apple's history, since day one they've whined about imitators. When Steve Jobs told Bill Gates that Apple was better, Bill retorted something to the effect: "It doesn't matter, we have the bigger market share." Fact is, Apple is over-priced for most consumers and the consumers realize they can get something just as powerful, if not more powerful, than iPhone by buying Android.
But lately, Apple has been making a stench of the company name--by suing everyone, by strong-arming resellers, by shafting the consumers.
It just goes to show you Apple is scared of competition so they sue and whine and cry to get there way.
They are really becoming bitter. Instead of coming out with something better they are crying to their mom. Sure sign that they are getting nervous. I would have more sympathetic for them if they manufactured their products here but they simply design here and farm stuff out to the lowest bidder in China.
I see Apple is playing all kinds of dirty tricks now just to get themselves awarded #1. Why on earth would the patent office grant this to Apple? This was on devices for years, and Android has that too. Sometimes I wonder why Android don't just move away from their open source status; I won't mind, and so wont some others.
I was an Apple fan for years until they started suing Samsung and others for pointless cases. I only have one Apple product that I own, and that's an iPod. I will never try to do anything ever again to try to satisfy Apple unless they don't stop acting. Seriously.
When I see things like this the 1st thought in my mind that Apple paid-off somebody. I don't know for sure, but I don't think you can get a patent on something that already exists. That would be like me walking into the patent office and saying I want to patent my own body because, even tho I'm male like half the population of the earth, I'm the only one auto-focal plane (my marketing term for: my eyes focus automatically). If this application goes thru, then for sure someone in the patent office is getting paid off.
I can see proprietary lines of code that accomplish a task in a new and unique way being patented. But that the screen items are laid out in any particular fashion is not a new invention. Yeah, ok, "look and feel" may be a legit concern for some companies. I even know of one ice cream company that totally copied not only the carton design but named themselves nearly the same as the other (Dryers, Bryers). Those types of acts are plagiarism at its worst. But this request from Apple is just one more frantic attempt to kill all competition. If I have to go back to feature phones or even flip phones, I will never buy from Apple.
WTF!!!! I guess there was no one using this before 2006/2007 when I guess this patent request was submitted. Sad in my opinion. Well when is Apple going to patent the fart. Then we will all be in court!
It won't be a big deal, the patent should be under FRAND, but that still sucks for other manufacturers. They will end up paying Apple for the patent, just like Apple has to pay Samsung 2.5% of total sales in the Netherlands.
How the #$&! is Apple getting these obvious/broad patents with clear prior use? Displaying documents and list on a mobile device, I pretty sure every Palm/pocket pc pda back in the day could do that. Who is Apple bribing in the US patent office?
@MtDewFella you have good point their needs to be a investigation at the patent office and see what's really going on.