Apple to take-down the whole Android market with the new patent law

Posted on Jul 22 2012 - 3:50pm by Abhi Bavishi

The sad reality of the smartphone-wars is that there is less show of innovation and more of litigation. The leading tech-giants are busy in searching new patent infringement scenarios, for they do not want to miss a single opportunity to take-down each-other. They are busy fighting over designs when they should be busy creating one.

Apple, as always, is up with something more obnoxious, more whacky this time. Apple reportedly has (self) attested the fact that it is the author of wide-ranging patent for displaying content on touch-screen devices. Interestingly, U.S. Patent 8,223,134 applies to display of pictures, albums, emails as well as some other sort of documents. The patent does not focus on the ‘what’ factor. Rather, it focuses on the ‘how’ factor– how the device responds to finger gestures or how is the UI rendered in response to difference user interactions.

The patent covers the UI developed for iOS as well, which includes things like scrollable display or perhaps, the scroll-bar itself. Google apparently has copied this underlined concept and used it in developing its leading smartphone OS- Android. According to tech-experts, this could kill off Android completely. Though granting of design does not mean the whole UI would need to be redesigned. Applicable standard like FRAND can be applied to facilitate “fair and non-discriminatory” access to certain technologies. In simple words, the one who uses it has to pay some royalty for using those patents.

Most patents in U.S are granted without much research and testing, says patent law expert Florian Mueller. Apple holds several important patents for the use of touch-sensitive screens, some of which are also featured in the global patent procedures. Additionally, the U.S patent office has also granted it other patents dealing with processors and memory. The question nevertheless is not the credibility of these patents, but how laws are framed to facilitate innovation. If Apple’s claims are accepted, it could virtually churn off the entire Android market as major devices from Samsung, HTC or Sony deploy touch-screen technology. Patenting this would mean the price of Android-based smartphones would also level up with Apple devices, as they would have to pay Apple the so-called “royalty” for using their technology.

On a personal note, Apple’s claims are not only dubious, unethical, preposterous and illogical, but to some extent even naïve and irresponsible. Forget what they’re claiming, the more serious question nevertheless is why are they even allowed to raise such half-witted claims?

 

Apple to take-down the whole Android market with the new patent law was last modified: July 22nd, 2012 by Abhi Bavishi

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  • Justice Matters

    “Forget what they’re claiming…”

    Yes, let’s just ignore the details.Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Let Google take – free of charge – any technology it cares to, so that Google (the company that espouses “open,” can use it to make lots and lots of money by driving us to advertisers.

    As Google lawyers whine about Google’s “right” to others’ patents, Google itself engages in the very same patent protection trolling of which Apple is accused. Did Google not purchase Motorola for Moto’s huge patent portfolio?

    Google plain out abuses the patent system, hypocritically demanding free use of the creations of other companies, while hoarding who-knows-how-many patents under its control, and “The Droid Guy” happily goes along with the program.

    Yet you, Mr. “Droid Guy,” auto-insert links back to YOUR site when one attempts to COPY YOUR STORY. Why do you do this? Are you protecting YOUR intellectual property? What happened to “open?”

  • Namarrgon

    You lost me at “Florian Mueller”.

  • Jeff

    Google bought Motorola in order to make their own smartphone’s, not to claim that every other smartphone is infringing on their copyrights.

    Calm down.

  • anon

    Can you tell me of any cases in which Google has used it’s acquisition of Motorola in an offensive patent litigation? I’ll accept a case and dates upon which the trial took place.

    You’re defending Apple’s unethical use of invalid patents. These patents cover very general, broad areas of technology and are just being used in order to gain a Monopoly, something we all know is bad in the tech sector (look at how Microsoft has held us all back!).

    Do some reading before you go accusing Google of stealing technologies.

  • Justice Matters

    Motorola (which is OWNED by Google) sued Apple in a German court over patent EP1053613, involving a method and system for generating a complex psuedonoise sequence for processing a CDMA signal.

    The case was dismissed on February 10, 2012 as “being without basis.”

    Motorola is in the middle (and on 4/24/12 won an initial ruling) of a case involving the U.S. International Trade Commision right now against Microsoft, in which it is trying to BAN IMPORTS of Microsoft’s X-Box. Motorola is also seeking a 2.25% ROYALTY from Microsoft for each X-Box sold.

    Google purchased Motorola on August 15, 2011.

    ANY suit involving Motorola is a suit that involves Google, which will benefit, for example, to the tune of about $4US billion per year from the Microsoft suit if successful.

    If you’re such a Fandroid that you refuse to believe that a company such as Google (which stomped all over Oracle’s patents to get Android to market, then copied iOS to make it sell) doesn’t play this patent game, then I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

    Anyway, you asked for a case, and I’ve given you two. just from the last few months.

    Time for YOU to do some reading, me thinks.

  • Dern

    “ANY suit involving Motorola is a suit that involves Google” – Check your facts and do some reading you ignorant crunchy Apple hippy. Google purchased Motorola MOBILITY. Your statement that ANY suit involving Motorola involves Google is bogus. Sure a law suit involving Motorola Mobility is tied to Google, but Motorola operates a completely separate business unit called Motorola Solutions of which Google has no part of. You come off as a know it all yet you make some bogus statement like this. You have zero credibility, just like Apple’s lawsuits.

  • Patrick

    If Apple wins, wouldn’t it be a type of monapoly. Didn’t Microsoft get in trouble with this with widows and have to give up some coding?

  • Tony

    Amazing what greed and jealousy can drive…I debated about giving apple a chance on when I need a new phone, but 100% confident I’ll be putting my money towards an Android device.