Yet Another Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over The iPhone

from the keep-'em-coming dept

Remember back when the iPhone was launched, and Steve Jobs hyped up the 200 patents the company had filed around the concepts in the iPhone? We found that pretty odd, since most of the technology had been seen elsewhere before -- Apple just put it together in a consumer package. And, indeed, all of those patents certainly haven't stopped plenty of other companies from claiming that the iPhone was violating some other patent. And, now we've got another one, as two (related) Scottish companies, Picsel Research and Picsel Technologies, are claiming that Apple violates their patents, and (of course) are whining about the millions of dollars they invested in the technology.

Of course, if Apple had really "stolen" their ideas, don't you think they would have spoken up, say, two years ago when the iPhone was first announced? Now, one of the ridiculous aspects of patent law is that independent invention isn't a defense -- meaning that even though it's quite clear Apple developed its technology independent of Picsel, it doesn't really matter for the sake of the case. But, at the same time, that also means that it's equally meaningless how much Picsel invested in the technology. So, unless they want to allow Apple to point out how much it invested in the same tech (perhaps long before Picsel ever did), it might want to stop the whining about money spent.

Filed Under: iphone, patents
Companies: apple, picsel

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    Robb Topolski (profile), 17 Feb 2009 @ 9:49am

    Picsel Actually Has Tech Here

    I used Picsel's mobile browser for years before the iPhone came out. I remember thinking that v1.0 iPhone's momentum "scrolly" UI model shown on the first TV ads wasn't "new" because Picsel has been doing that for years on Windows Mobile platforms.

    I have no idea which patents or ideas are in dispute here, but given the similar behavior, I wouldn't discount the possibility that Picsel might have a genuine claim in a world where software patents exist. (Whether they should exist is another debate.)

    Why it took Picsel so long to defend their tech is a fair question.

    Robb Topolski

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