Apple Sued Over iPhone Keyboard

Apple Sued Over iPhone Keyboard

Everybody seems to want to take a bite out of Apple these days. If it isn't a law suit over battery life it's apparently a law suit over the keyboard. This time it isn't a customer filing the law suit, but rather a patent-infringement case filed by SP Technologies.

SP Technologies is claiming that Apple is infringing upon a patent that they filed, which covers: "a method of providing a user interface for receiving information from a user using a user immutable graphical keyboard linked to an input area."

“Patent suits, of course, are a dime a dozen, and Apple's not exactly the first company to ever use a touch-screen style input method. But this one will probably require more effort to defend than the iPhone battery suit filed a few weeks ago. The suit was filed Thursday in Tyler, Texas, which has become the destination of choice for patent suits these days.“
It does seem possible that SP Technologies could be suing Apple not only because of the possibility of being awarded compensation based on units sold, but also because the iPhone is one of the most hyped products in recent history. If SP Technologies can make enough noise, they might become a household name, for better or worse.

A victory against Apple might also open the floodgates for SP Technologies to sue other companies who have soft-keyboards.

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