There Are 11 Patents Causing Friction Between Apple, Google And Their Partners

With all the talk of Android and Apple lawsuits lately, we’re forgetting that Microsoft has played a part in this mess as well, forcing at least some Android partners into licensing agreements due to patent infringements. Still, we wanted to know more about the patents currently causing all of this friction and thanks to Intellectual Property expert and Foss Patent guru Florian Mueller, who put together a list of the 11 patents, both from Apple and Microsoft that Android has been found guilty of infringing upon:

  • Patent EP2059868 on a “portable electronic device for photo management.” Foss Patents calls this the “photo gallery page-flipping patent.”
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,469,381 on “list scrolling and document translation, scaling and rotation on a touch-screen display.”  This patent covers “over scroll bounce or “rubber-banding patent.” In other words, when checking your email and you pull down to refresh, the list bounces back up. Apple owns a patent on that and Samsung has copied it.
  • U.S. Design Patent No. D 618,677 on an “electronic device.” A general patent related to the iPhone’s industrial design.
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 on a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.” When you tap on a phone number or email and it brings up the option to dial or email, Apple owns a patent on this.
  • EP1964022 on “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image.” This is the slide-to-unlock patent that is now embroiled in the Galaxy Nexus injunction suit.
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,370,566 on “generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device.” This is a Microsoft-based patent. This is when you send a mobile calendar invitation and it generates a meeting request.
  • EP1304891 on “communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a standardized interface.” This is when you send a text message more than 160 characters and the phone breaks it up into multiple messages. Microsoft owns a patent that combines the multiple texts into one long message. Apple pays Microsoft a patent fee to license the technology.
  • U.S. Design Patent No. D 504,889 on an “electronic device.” This general patent covers the iPad’s design. This is the patent that created an injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 on a “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.” Apple owns the right to Siri and this is a patent on Siri-style unified search. This ruling is why the Galaxy Nexus is now under injunction align with the slide-to-unlock.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,046,721 on “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image.” This is a second slide-to-unlock patent.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 on a “method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations.” This is an autocorrect patent.

If you want a complete rundown on the 11 patents, Foss Patents is the go-to place for learning more about the ongoing litigation among these matters. It seems like no matter what we hope for, every week finds another lawsuit in the mobile industry and it’s beginning to be a running joke. I’d just love to see all of this energy go to research and development and some Minority Report technology on.

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  • MK Terra

    Florian Mueller has a massive hate-on for Google that skews all his analyses; see his wrong-headed coverage of Oracle v Google.  The raw court docs can be useful, but take his commentary with a giant grain of salt.

    • whiteiphoneproblems

      I’ve heard the same thing elsewhere. If you happen to be able to link to any “impartial,” well-written (and not too lengthy or technical) analysis of the strength of these claims, I’d be interested to read it; thanks. (I wish I could evaluate the issues myself, but patents are an area of IP that I know very little about…)

      • BrianR

        Give me an email or something and I wouldn’t mind studying this situations and give you the most reasonable summary of what’s going on. It may take me a few days to get it to you though

    • squiggleslash

      This.

      If you really want to see how off base Florian is, go to groklaw.net and do a search.

  • Piotr Madej

    These are ridiculous! 

    • Dakota

      Why is it ridiculous if Apple was granted a patent.  Doesnt Google/Android have certain patents.  (Like did they patent that face unlock for example).  Some of these seem silly but someone is granting the patents so that is the law

  • Future Guest

    Apple’s days are numbered. I can see the future. 

    • Bratty

      Excellent! Put all your money into stocks today. You “know” you will rake it in. Genius!!!

    • andrewmi

      Apple has a patent for that, I would lawyer up if I were you…

  • whiteiphoneproblems

    Thanks for the rundown; this is helpful to review, at least…

  • frontrowfred

    I got this weird feeling about Apple, that something is just not right.  I used to think I was going to die if I did not get the latest iPhone, or Apple product in general.  But now…..I could care less, am I alone on this thought?  My wife just got the SIII, and the phone is incredible.  All I’m saying is Apple has no room to be cocky, remember all those CRACKBERRY ADDICTS?  We are they now, buying up Android and iOS products by the ton.  Apple lawsuits are an attempt to slow other hardware makers down.

    • C Alejandr00

      I am with you on this apple is looking more like blackberry in 2010 putting nothing new and revolutionary or even moving forward stuck in the same holding on fans until all of them forget. I say that if the iphone 5 is not ground braking which i doubt this days , apple days are counted in mobile.

  • steveb944

    I mean this in the most neutral way possible as I love the blog…

    Why are we covering general tech news in our beloved T-mobile blog? It seems only 2 of these affect our devices. I go elsewhere for tech news, plus all the talk about patents makes me hate Apple and Microsoft more than I already do.

    Keep the T-Mobile news coming, thanks as always for keeping us informed David.

    • JBrowne1012

      Because it still affects t-mobile users in a way or form. The devices in question for the case are the Galaxy Nexus and Tab 10.1 of which both are in some way or form supported by t-mo the Galaxy nexus by being able to use the frequencies and the Tab 10.1 if im not mistaken you can buy a variation of it through t-mobile.

  • Dakota

    Im sorry people hate Apple or others hate Google or Microsoft.  (I do hate how everything on tech sites these days immediately defaults into an iOS vs Android battle royale)  but anyway if the government grants a patent to any company for these things (even if you might feel they are silly) then the company owns that patent and other companies have to either pay a licensing fee or not use it.  They all have tons of attorneys so they should pay attention during design…if they don’t, I have no problem with iPhones, iPads, Nexus, Android, Windows devices being banned or confiscated.  We all have to follow the law

    • Reaaktion

      Especially in America where the “law” is run by mostly criminals that statement is garbage this is a lawless militaristic place and apple is playing the same fear tactic games with its competitors that our govt plays with its people. Come on sheeple wake the fack up!

  • aniphoneuser

    As everyone knows Apple has a war chest of things against Samsung and Android. And, as everyone also one knows, Apple has lots of CA$H! Splitting hairs with Samsung over these patents will only slow down Samsung/Android but not stop it. This is Apple’s main objective. In my opinion, Apple’s products are (still) superior to Samsung, even with the new Galaxy S3 which is pretty cool. Apple has the ability to “wow” everyone with the new upcoming iPhone, but it is obvious that Apple is attempting to milk people with a little bit of this and a little bit of that for as long as they can (just look at how long they milked the 3.5 Retina screen). Apple won’t stop, neither will Android. The funny thing is that both iOS and Android need each other to survive. Both would not have been as successful as they are without each other.

    • Marty Kaan

      1.
      As everyone knows Apple has a war chest of things against Samsung and Android
      A. Why do they refuse to pay the 2.25% per patent they use?.

      2.Apple’s products are (still) superior to Samsung, even with the new Galaxy S3 which is pretty cool. Apple has the ability to “wow” everyone with the new upcoming iPhone.
      A. Really?, I dare you to compare features vs feature with Android or Hardware vs Hardware.

      3.The funny thing is that both iOS and Android need each other to survive. Both would not have been as successful as they are without each other.
      A. Are you sure about this statement?, ever release of Android adds more and more feature in which none is a copy of Iphone, this is why Apple is trying to use a a vague description of their patents.   

      As far as Frand & IP is concern, well all fair in love and war; they can’t pay use a work around and stop whining to a  US Judge!.

      • aniphoneuser

        1. I dunno, that is the question you need to ask them not me, duh?

        2. It is just my opinion, but there is a reason why the iPhone still remains the top seller. Hardware and software specs don’t matter if it all does not come together. Ruffle your feathers all you want about have a bigger this (processor) or a bigger that (screen), but to each his own. The facts are clear though, to this day Android remains fragmented, Flash is ending with ICS, and developers still lean toward iOS.

        3. One word, Siri. Apple bought Siri and introduced it with the i Phone 4S. Now Samsung has this chillingly similar feature in their Galaxy S3 and now Google is coming up with one. But that is just one feature bro that if you can’t see the forest through the trees, your hopeless! Regardless, the bottom line here is competition and Apple (and US consumers) need it. Look at what is happening to Blackberry, they really didn’t have any competition. They were the best at what they did for years. Now they are dying a slow death. Even in the midst of the iOS and Android explosion, look how long to took them to introduce there first touch screen.

        You are correct about just paying royalties on the patents, but that is not Apple’s objective here. THEY DON’T NEED THE MONEY BECAUSE THEY ALREADY GOT BANK. All they want to do is stifle (and control) the competition and they will spend millions, if not billions to do so, watch.. :) 

        • TMOTECH

          Blackberry came out with it’s first touch screen device in 2008. A year after the iPhone and just before the first android device, The T-Mobile G1. It was called the storm. They followed it up with the storm 2 and then the torch. I know it was not your main point but I am OCD hen it comes to facts….

        • Magmaspawn

          You forgot a w

        • Reaaktion

          I love how uninformed bios ppl are its like arguing religion with a catholic who believes dinosaur bones were placed by god to test man’s faith… not for nothing but you are trying to say that other smartphones should not be able to use the features that apple used right. Let’s not be fair and say that other smartphones should have most of these basic function features. I have the siii and I use my s voice and I’ve used my boss s siri and s voice is clear distinct functional and makes the entire phone voice accessible. Siri and lacks recognition doesn’t understand what your saying and has limited functions.. but at least it’ll talk to you.. so yeah apple is pissed that Samsung or more broadly put, Google adapts technologies and improves them the problem with apple suing is they shouldn’t be allowed to usehave these technologies hidden away fRom everyone who doesn’t want a scrappy iphone that hasn’t truly updated their os in like five years..

  • CJ Jacobs

    You lost my attention the moment you sited Florian Mueller….

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I’m unfamiliar with his reputation as it seems to be quite negative, I would have hoped as someone who covers patents, he would be far more objective. I’ll know this for the future.

      • Guest911

        His reputation is just fine. The problem is that Android does infringe on patents and the fandroids get their panties in a bunch. Could he be wrong in his assessments? Sure. But the fools attack him without any legal knowledge or backing.

        • JBrowne1012

          Patents.. that should have never been granted validation in the first place.

        • Gouv

          not necessarily, some of those implantation are quite unique and well described by Apple and in some cases for Samsung too.  It wouldn’t take too much software engineering effort from big design houses like Samsung’s to come up with similar but different approaches to things.  They just want to deliver the same or better immediate experience their competitors offer.  IMO that’s just laziness and cost cutting at times.  

        • JBrowne1012

          Give me one example that is unique that hasn’t been used before apple. In any other device…

        • JBrowne1012

          Give me one example that is unique that hasn’t been used before apple. In any other device…

      • z0phi3l

        This is the fellow the swore up and down that Google violated every patent Oracle claimed, to turn out to be an Oracle payed shill, he’s a for pay biased ass

      • Mark

         I’d suggest taking a look at LWN.net to get further opinions on the Android patents and Linux in general.  Florian posts over there as well and the exchanges can be quite illuminating.  That said, the basic summary of the relevant patents you and he provided  is quite helpful.

        Also, has Android actually been “found guilty” of infringing these patents, or has Google simply been ACCUSED of infringing them?

      • Gouv

        You know he’s really not that bad… He usually delivers unfavorable blows but he’s good at what he does.

  • Mark R

    Florian again?
    Really???

     

  • Qcknot

    So what……?

  • Gouv

    Apple was brilliant with how they patented some of this stuff.  Some of the wording is quite clever with respect to the overall implementations of the tech.  As Tim cook mentioned at D10, they aren’t the ones using standard patents as weapons so for that I think they are truly defending their intellectual property.  For many of these I can understand why the courts would likely side with Apple because Apple covered their asses with alot of this stuff.  To those that think Apple is being evil… I’m sure many of you would do the SAME exact thing if you were in the position to do so.  Especially if you felt you were being ripped off which they apparently do.  

    • Reaaktion

      Hey do not! They’re the mean kid with the magnifying glass. They hate all other companies especially Samsung being that they comparatively keep up and outperform apple on the the smartphone timeline. Apple sells products with wear points breaking over time with heat and vibration they use inferior methods for their screens and digitizers. The patents define features that should be in every Damn smartphone! They aren’t protecting their rights and technology their just trying to push everyone else out of the market so they can monopolize apple is absolutely evil. Do any research on the way they make things they’re selling you inferior technology with a flawless marketing scheme and dust their tracks well until your warranty runs out. Don’t waste your money don’t buy apple.

      • Gouv

        Research eh??  Apple emphasizes design and have some of the most amazing engineers working for them in the world… PERIOD! Jony Ive has become a master and well recognized by his peers across the industry.  And lets not forget the amazingly similar design innovations on samsungs part to Apple products in the recent past.  Imitation is the greatest form of flattery so much so that Samsung lawyers became design engineers lol…. And who says those features shouldn’t be in every smartphone, they should just be original implementations that Samsung or any other Apple competitor did themselves? 

         If you conjured up and patented many of those features that you claim “should be on every smartphone” than you wouldn’t like people thinking that way and basically ripping you off.  Also, have you ever taken an Apple product apart?  Their layouts of the components are immensely clever and build quality has been a strong selling point of Apple products forever!  If you are familiar with PCB layouts and components, its very easy to realize that Apple and Samsung alike don’t skimp out on materials and both do an amazing job with overall components.  So i suggest you re tune your biased research approach and buy Apple.  As an Apple share holder i suggest you all buy Apple products and Apple shares :-)

        • Jcj1

          Then why does the iPhone always look the same? No real design changes in the form factor of the phone. They also took a long time to add general features to ios like MMS. Not saying they are not good, but are too slow and other companies do as well as they do

        • Gouv

          It’s their typical smartphone cycle. Every major new redesign gets used twice like the 3G and 3GS or the 4 an the 4s. It’s just their established way of doing things. They may have taken time to patch holes but I think they are in the right to defend their IP. And yes other companies do a good job too. Case in point I bought a galaxy nexus 2 months ago and enjoy it. But there are many things that I feel in many android phones have been unfairly borrowed from apple if you catch my drift.

        • Eric

          I remember back -BEFORE- the iPhone came out – I had a T-Mobile MDA.  If I remember correctly, that ancient Windows Mobile 5 device had a touch screen, slide keyboard, camera with flash, multi-tasking OS, PUSH email messaging (For use with Microsoft Exchange), external antenna jack. It was a huge brick, but it got the job done.  It had convenient hard buttons to access most of the more common features, and a very tough display.

          Then the iPhone came along – and everyone wanted to copy its form factor.  The next phone I got was a HTC Touch Pro from Sprint – horrible piece of junk.  They tried so hard to copy from Apple that they lost all of the Windows Mobile strengths – all of the hard keys were gone, I went through over 9 phones in a year from wearing out the resistive touch screens.  If I remember right, it didn’t even have a camera flash (the iphones didn’t have a camera flash either at the time). 

        • Eric

          I remember back -BEFORE- the iPhone came out – I had a T-Mobile MDA.  If I remember correctly, that ancient Windows Mobile 5 device had a touch screen, slide keyboard, camera with flash, multi-tasking OS, PUSH email messaging (For use with Microsoft Exchange), external antenna jack. It was a huge brick, but it got the job done.  It had convenient hard buttons to access most of the more common features, and a very tough display.

          Then the iPhone came along – and everyone wanted to copy its form factor.  The next phone I got was a HTC Touch Pro from Sprint – horrible piece of junk.  They tried so hard to copy from Apple that they lost all of the Windows Mobile strengths – all of the hard keys were gone, I went through over 9 phones in a year from wearing out the resistive touch screens.  If I remember right, it didn’t even have a camera flash (the iphones didn’t have a camera flash either at the time). 

        • charlieboy808

           HAHAHA build quality? iPhone dropped from the waist leaves you with shattered glass. Galaxy Nexus dropped from the shoulder leaves you with a dent. Build quality my ass.

        • Gouv

          It is excellent build quality and the overall design is great. Yes it’s questionable to have used glass the way they did but how obvious is it to not drop your phone?? I’ve seen other phones screens shatter just as easily. If it was such terrible build quality than why do they sell so many?? Surely if it was that bad the iPhone would be selling like blackberries now-a-days. Also you can’t just say its the isheep either because I’ve witnessed many non fanboys discover and enjoy the phone for themselves. So laugh all you want and think what you think but their phone is doing amazingly well for a reason.

        • Sullyernavan

          Why do they sell? Marketing…. Apple and the I-Family is “hip”.  They are in conspiracy with Starbucks to stay hip.

        • Spanky

          Exactly. Apple sells because their devices are status symbols/fashion statements.

        • Gouv

          Ok so why are apple stores always very busy with people enjoying hands on time with their products? So marketing is the sole reason someone may enjoy using an Apple product? You know that’s just ridiculous to say! Yes there are people who are followers and buy anything because it
          Makes them look cool but the success of idevices doesnt solely rely on marketing. You can’t deny that Apple offers their customers good, solid and consistent experiences with their products. People have been enjoying apple products for years even before the sudden burst of ios devices. Apple has a very long legacy behind it and their design culture is unique. Is it the best phone for everyone out there, No! But you can’t simply say its successful because of marketing alone. You can market a piece of junk and even if millions of people buy it initially it will fizzle out because it’s junk. The iPhone has evolved numerous times in the last 5 years and has consistently performed well in the market. I mean come on! Even tech reviewers will tell you it’s a great overall experience. Im sure I’m wasting my fingers away typing this reply to you but hey I felt I had to justify why I think you are completely and utterly wrong in what you are saying about the phones success.

        • Chris

          I’ve been to 2 Apple Stores near my area. Why are they busy you ask? It’s because they’re sales people aren’t helping anyone! I walked in to buy an imac and a macbook pro (I’m a huge android user by the way) but I like OSX. So I walk in. I did what I have to do, sign in to their machine. 40 mins later. You have 8 sales people standing around. Walking around looking at their iphones. Why are they busy? Because half of their people doesn’t do shit. They just look busy. I got frustrated and left. Went to bestbuy, got out in under 15 minutes with an imac and a macbook pro.

        • Eric

          If you’re anywhere near the Mall of America in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, you should check out the Apple store there – with the Microsoft store directly across the hall.  It looks like both stores have about the same number of customers. 

          The store layout looks exactly the same for both stores – i’m kind of surprised Apple hasn’t tried to sue Microsoft for infringing on a patent for a “Store with hands-on electronics displays”

        • Eric

          If you’re anywhere near the Mall of America in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, you should check out the Apple store there – with the Microsoft store directly across the hall.  It looks like both stores have about the same number of customers. 

          The store layout looks exactly the same for both stores – i’m kind of surprised Apple hasn’t tried to sue Microsoft for infringing on a patent for a “Store with hands-on electronics displays”

        • charlieboy808

          God this debate can go on forever. Apple is marketed as being “it” company. Same as all clothing designs, car manufactures, or any product that uses “it” marketing. Being the “it” device is what Apple strives for while Google is trying to offer their service to those who want more options than just one phone. I’ve had many Apple fans go over to Android because they were getting sick and tired of the same phone. Let’s not forget the shit storm that was the iPhone 4. The speculation was that the new iPhone would have a bigger, better, different, a whole new experience from Apple. What came to be was a pretty screen at the same size and a questionable “multitasking” OS because of battery life. Build quality? I guess if you want to say that their build quality has improved, then I guess it isn’t that hard to do building the same exact phone year after year.

        • Gouv

          Like I said, it’s not right for everyone and having choices is a good thing. You know as well as I do that they use the same model usually for two years. Tge second year they beef up specs. Most users (not all) are typically attracted and engrossed in the user experience like I said. Apple had done a better job than most at gaining mind share and that’s because they have the quality to back up the claim!!

          What you are solely referring to as marketing has also transcended into culture. The idealism and design intent by apple engineers and designers captivated people in 07 when they changed the game completely! They had the balls to do it and that translated well with customers. They earned customers trust and continues to earn it with the free case deal after the antenna gate incident and went on to sell even more iPhone because of it! You clearly have your opinions of apple but to simply bash and be negative about their successes can be taken as bitterness by you for which ever reason.

  • http://twitter.com/seanftw Sean Glickman

    Has anyone else’s Tmo internet stopped working?

  • Fish

    i’m gonna make some computer stuff that does stuff and patent the stuff and then sue everyone on the internet.

  • farfromovin

    Obviously I’m an idiot when it comes to patents, but these valid patents seem ridiculous. That would be like DirecTV being granted a patent on “methods of streaming digital video and audio from outer space to earthbound objects”. I mean, these patents are what smartphones ARE. How the hell else are you supposed to unlock your device without touching a graphic? Hard buttons? Sorry for the rant, but I’m just so sick of hearing Apple suing every competitor because they made a phone. If it were up to me, all the patents would be invalidated lol. I just think they’re ridiculous.

    • JBrowne1012

      I think everyone would love to invalidate these patents, at least have the judge that deals with these type of patents should have some background in the technology field.

  • JBrowne1012

    And not a single one of these patents should have been granted in the first place especially the design patents. 

    • Deceptivesmiles

      Exactly. They’re too general and broad on the surface so that anybody could infringe on any one of them

  • Daswahnsinn

    These patents were given when Apple had no real competitor, now that they have one that is smacking the crap out of them they are crying. I hate Apple and will then buy their products. M$ is known for stealing ideas. I mean come on I had the idea for computers when I was a kid, didn’t even know they existed yet so where’s my money, it was my idea to me first. 

  • Burke985

    Apple sucks and is losing the war and this is their way of climbing back in the battle , Android as a whole kills apple in sales yeah its easy to say we have the top selling device when you offer only one , I guarantee you if the Nexus was the only android device then 30 bazillion of them would be sold .Android offers high end and low end devices so everyone can have the android experience. Apple forces you to buy only one product and then every couple years or so re sell you the same phone with one new feature and you think you have something new, and idiot people buy it cause it has an S on this ones title. I would suffer with Microsoft products before I ever touched an iPhone.

    • bleeew

      That explains why apples ios added more people than android during q1

      • Tim Has

        Uh nope, android gained marketshare

  • ANDROID <3er

    Apple needs to just shut up and lay down and cease with all of these petty patent infringements. Now, I don’t know all of the legalities of what’s going on, but…enough is enough. Next thing you know Apple will take God to court, since Adam and Eve partook of an “apple” many many moons ago and the fall of man began. Surely don’t want to give an “apple” a bad name. 

  • Jcj1

    All cell phones can send SMS over 160 characters, so why only attack Samsung? I do it on my Blackberry or even a Nokia phone. Clearly directed at Samsung as they are emulating their iPhone and doing quite well

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XR4MJZTXYADVBWLCHQKCBDA2KY E Blogga

    Apple fans needs to speak up to defend Apple so they can hopefully win.  That will clear the way for Apple to jack up prices like they did a few years ago before any competitors.  I never seen such a of morons who wants to donate their money to a greedy empire.  Stupid people get what they deserve.

  • charlieboy808

    Honestly, these patents are extremely vague. The way these are worded, you could be sued for sliding your finger on the screen to do anything. Soon I won’t be able to speak because it’ll be Siri related and there is a patent on that.

  • Psaux

    I’d love to see legislators start going after the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for not enforcing the “not obvious to one skilled in the art” clause of patent requirements.  As a coder, many of these seem like obvious solutions.  That clause is there such that patents are awarded to allow those who develop things to recover their research spending.  This stuff, on the other hand, is an afternoon’s whiteboarding for the general idea and then a relatively trivial amount of coding compared to the important stuff in the system.

    It’s utterly ridiculous.

  • Xzx

     Few companies are innocent in the patent troll olympics, but unfortunately for Apple it seems, at least to the public, like they will win the gold medal.
     Patents exist to protect new products and new ideas. Most of those patents seem to be ideas borrowed from others. Others seem vague.
     Seems to me that Apple would have been better off simply designing superior products. Seems there is more interest in using patents as terror devices for market domination.

  • Bigjohn7187

    These patenst are exceptionally simplistic ideals.. that leave very little room for anything else to come in.. so basicaly our patent office has allowed apple to patents itself into a monopoly. This is honestly just disgusting. Everyone who buys an apple product is complicit in the destruction of innovation and creation in this country. Sorry to our moderator, but apple is the single largest driving force leading us to a Lovely “1984″ type experience where we are all told what to watch what phone to use and where to use it all. interesting considering their super bowl comercial from 1984.,. Apple simply does not make a better device.. they themselves have said that if an operating system is easy to use, then it violates their patents.. its easy to be top dog when you simply crush all competition. I have never and will never own an apple product because plain and simple a tec company which crushes crushes competition and quells innovation should not be allowed to be called a tech company

    • Bigjohn7187

      U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 on a “method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations.” This is an autocorrect patent.  my razr had auto correct.. just saying.

  • http://twitter.com/YoungJay2712 Jorge Suero

    What kind of device can any one make if they was to follow all these patents the govt should just ignore such crazy nonsense with all these patents any small company trying to make them selves known have no chance of making it 

  • Bobpantsspongesquare

    Correct me if I’m wrong but, a patent on code can only stand if identical code is used to achieve the same effect. Hence, as long as the Android code is altered enough from that of iPhone, the patent does not apply. Of course, this example can be used across the board and these silly lawsuits will be no more.