>> The patent in question here "covers a system to detect telephone numbers in e-mails so, when the number on the screen is tapped, they can be stored in directories or called without dialing."
Content-sensitive hyperlinking. It's obvious to anyone practicing in the field, and has a ton of previous art. Therefore the patent is invalid.
I literally can't remember a time when there were no programs with this sort of functionality. For example, Sidekick had this same function for phone numbers in 1983 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SideKick). Email programs have been turning addresses into links forever too.
>> We understand the value of patents, but this kind of wrist-slapping seems to only be hindering innovation.
Here here. +1 Ray. I think that when a patent is found to be such a blatant affront to common sense/practice, the court should fine the suing company for the amount in damages they were seeking.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
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