Microsoft, Apple sued over touch-screens

By Matthew
Jul 21, 2009
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  1. Microsoft, Apple and 20 other tech companies have been accused of violating a touch-screen patent. Tsera filed suit on July 15 claiming that several mainstream devices make use of a technology invented by the small company. Tsera supposedly owns the rights to a patent for “methods and apparatus for controlling a portable electronic device using a touchpad.”

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  2. It seems to me that the suit all rotates on how you define the word "touchpad" - if you consider the entire screen a touchpad then i suppose they have a case, but i don't think any one would conclude that when you buy a monitor your really paying for a "touchpad" that has an additional feature of a viewable monitor.
  3. polidiotic

    polidiotic Newcomer, in training Posts: 103

    I wish they would be laughed out of court... but these days? I dunno man. You'd think that if this were so important to them, they'd bring it up in 2003/2004. Friggin' opportunists.
  4. They are not disputing the new ipod they are disputing the classic, the one with the touchpad not the touchscreen, i bet they are gonna clean up as most of the companies involved will settle out of court.
  5. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    I don't think It'll past but anyway...

    on a side note, no one noticed that the Philips GoGear was called the Philips GoFear???? XD
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,020   +83 Staff Member

    @Hamsteyr: Haha.. fixed it in the local story. "GoFear" was pulled directly from the linked story. Thanks for pointing it out.
  7. polidiotic

    polidiotic Newcomer, in training Posts: 103

    The article says touch-screen and touch-pad.
  8. polidiotic

    polidiotic Newcomer, in training Posts: 103

    Ahh, I see where it describes the patent. Maybe they should be more specific... as touch-screen can be interpreted to be completely different from a touch-pad.
  9. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 880   +52

    I'm amused that Apple and Microsoft or on the same side of a lawsuit. That has got to be giving them both chills.
  10. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    lol I myself noticed that i typed past instead of pass >_> oh well. Philips' player must be pretty good to chase the fear away hahaha

    Microsoft and Apple's lawyers would probably stop this one no problem... >_> big corporations such as themselves have ways of escaping trouble...
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