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    Apple has been sued in U.S. District Court for patent infringement. The complaint alleges that Apple’s touch interface devices – yes, all of them – infringe on a patent owned by Flatworld Interactives, LLC.The application for the patent was filed in 1998 by Slavoljub Milekic, and the patent itself was granted in 2005. The patent, which can be read in full here, appears to deal with some sort of children’s toy with a touch screen interface that allows users to manipulate objects on the screen by touching and dragging them.The complaint, which can be read here, alleges that every multitouch device Apple makes – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and the trackpads on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air – infringes this patent. Flatworld claims that “Apple’s infringement of the… patent has been on a massive scale, and has taken place with actual knowledge of the inventions claimed therein.” The complaint asks for a permanent injunction against the infringing products and “damages in an amount sufficient to compensate for Apple’s infringement,” award triple damages, and order Apple to pay FlatWorld’s attorney fees.While many patent lawsuits are ridiculous – even those brought by larger companies against each other – this one is pretty plainly a patent troll. While patent trolls can sometimes extort sizable settlements from cases like this, Apple is usually more inclined to fight them. That being the case, don’t expect FlatWorld Interatives, LLC to get much of a payday.
    Source: http://www.webpronews.com/apple-sued-over-every-touchscreen-device-they-make-2012-04

    lmfao

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    Thats just downright stupid lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
    Thats just downright stupid lol
    Apple's just a troll when it comes to the patent system(outdated) and abuses it like hell. Guess they got paid back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipanzan View Post
    Apple's just a troll when it comes to the patent system(outdated) and abuses it like hell. Guess they got paid back.
    Etate kisui hobena, you'll never hear about it again. Off court settlement hobe r obviously Flatworld e harbe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
    Etate kisui hobena, you'll never hear about it again. Off court settlement hobe r obviously Flatworld e harbe.
    Yes I know, but it's funny that someone actually challenged Apple for their whole lineup. Think about it, there's also another patent going on for apple which protects their building design(the glass), here:
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/apple-patent-store-shanghai-glass,news-14913.html

    That's even more stupid, the company makes some really nice products but these patents are just LOLOL.

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    Uchu porjayer troll.
    visit san&design and get your design done

    I am 80% addicted to Counterstrike. What about you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipanzan View Post
    Yes I know, but it's funny that someone actually challenged Apple for their whole lineup. Think about it, there's also another patent going on for apple which protects their building design(the glass), here:
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/apple-patent-store-shanghai-glass,news-14913.html

    That's even more stupid, the company makes some really nice products but these patents are just LOLOL.
    I know the patents are funny but the thing is Apple treats their designs (whether products or stores) as their own as well and they know its prone to copycats. Take the new Microsoft B&M stores, when I first walked past it I thought it was an Apple store, then I saw the different types of tablets on the tables and was like wtf? and then later found out it was then microsoft store lol You can take a look at the pictures, the overall layout is drastically similar.

    But it gets annoying when they sue over the littlest things. Like that German or some european store over the logo even though it wasn't even similar. I understand protecting designs and all but when it comes to suing they should make sure if its worthwhile or not.

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