Smart Phone Motion Control Patented; Held By Shell Company
from the let-the-lawsuits-roll dept
Of course, this is the same old story. The idea behind motion sensing in a mobile device is hardly a new or non-obvious idea -- the problem was really just that the hardware wasn't there yet. There were, certainly, other motion sensing technology out there, and there is absolutely nothing in this patent that furthered the art. This sort of interface was coming whether or not it was patented. But that's what happens with so many patents these days -- the focus is on patenting the obvious and then suing everyone who implemented it.
Update: Hmm. The plot thickens. There's some evidence that this may be one of Intellectual Ventures 1000+ shell companies. The shell company discussed here, Durham Logistics, is apparently owned by Memscom LLC, according to the Nevada corporations listings. Memscom's address is the identical address (suite and all) to an Intellectual Ventures office. Could be a coincidence... but... certainly there's some evidence that this patent is held or controlled by Intellectual Ventures. Why is IV controlling a patent created by Google and Apple inventors?
Update 2: Thanks to some sleuthing in our comments and various others via email, it looks like the engineers in question both worked at Arraycomm back in the day when this patent was filed, but Arraycomm dumped some of its patent portfolio along the way, and somehow or another, this patent appears to have ended up with this company -- almost certainly a part of Intellectual Ventures. Notice how far this patent is from any actual innovation. This is not how the system is supposed to work.