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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    Ronald J Riley (profile), 17 Feb 2009 @ 4:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Picsel Actually Has Tech Here

    Apple has the right to produce a work around invention. If they did so they would be using our patent system in the way it was intended.

    What Apple and other members of the Piracy Coalition seem to do again and again is use anthers' invention without authorization. That is a big no-no.

    This is why they get sued.

    Apple most certainly has the resources to have their day in court. The reason they settle such suits is that they have no valid defense for their conduct.

    Maybe Apple and the cohorts in the Coalition for Patent Fairness should spend less of their resources on demonizing inventors as patent trolls and more money on producing the inventions they need to prevail in their market?

    Apple and other members of the Piracy Coalition are good at filing hordes of small incremental improvement patents and dismal at coming up with the blockbusters which they need to defend their turf.

    Aside from being a commercially successful inventor myself I have had the pleasure, no the honor of personally knowing many of our top inventors. There is NO comparison between their inventions and the largely insignificant crap which a company like Apple produces. market success, especially when such success is based on others' inventions does not excuse the conduct of Coalition for Patent Fairness members. There is nothing fair about the way these companies destroy American inventors and ship the prosperity their inventions would have produced for America to other countries.

    Ronald J. Riley,


    Speaking only on my own behalf.
    Affiliations:
    President - www.PIAUSA.org - RJR act PIAUSA.org
    Executive Director - www.InventorEd.org - RJR at InvEd.org
    Senior Fellow - www.PatentPolicy.org
    President - Alliance for American Innovation
    Caretaker of Intellectual Property Creators on behalf of deceased founder Paul Heckel
    Washington, DC
    Direct (810) 597-0194 / (202) 318-1595 - 9 am to 9 pm EST.

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