Originally Posted by OC4Theo
It was bound to happen. No one has made a touch-screen phone before the iPhone. So, how are they going to make one without infringing on Apple patents.
Expect more lawsuits. This is just an opening shot.
Handspring (ne Palm) released a touch screen phone in 2002 called the Treo.
I have owned the Treo, Treo600, and an iPhone in the past decade. The iPhone interface is a huge departure from what came before, but it is not the touch screen, it is the size, and the multi-touch experience that set it apart.
I have been waiting for this lawsuit for the past 3? years, since the first 'multi-touch' phone became available from HTC and T-Mobile. Put every other aspect aside - apple has patented the multi-touch experience, cover flow and their take on the software keyboard.
Palm offered nothing like it. WiMo (yeah right) offered nothing like it, and to the best of my knowledge, Nokia offered nothing like it. This lawsuit may be one of many steps in a dance to clarify who 'owns' and who licenses these technologies. My guess? HTC, Nokia, Palm end up as licensees.