Not sure if you guys saw this one yet: Apple just received a patent on a gaming control add-on for the iPhone: http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/04/whoa-apple-reveals-amazing-gaming-accessories-in-the-works.html
The problem is, they filed for the patent months after the iControlPad guys had already shown their design for the same thing.
Unless Apple believes it's patenting blatantly obvious 'inventions', they must have stolen the idea from the iControlPad guys, right? Isn't that what they're claiming HTC did to them by making a device with a GUI?
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or
we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about
it, We think competition is healthy,
but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal
ours.” -- Steve Jobs, March 2010 [on HTC and patent infringement]
For shame, Apple. For shame.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Was the iControlPad already patented before Jobs had filed for one?
Well apple... Your just too slow and busy messing with the ipad :(
Edit: My bad i read that first post wrong about the icontrolpad patent :)
Doesn't really matter either way: Apple can't patent basic ideas which other people have already demonstrated. They're trying to patent the basic function as an invention for which there was already prior art.As Apple severely abused obvious idea patents in their foray against HTC, this needs to be shot down now before they try to use it against someone else making an add-on control-pad in the future.
What will most likely happen is that Apple will tell the OpenPandora guys that Apple owns the patent on the iPhone connector or some other component and that the little guys need to play ball or get ready to go bankrupt in court. That's the kind of 'innovation' our patent system is encouraging.
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