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Of course this was not a move by Steven Jobs, but the intellectual property legal department, they gotta get paid too you know...

So if the patent does in fact pass or is passed already, you know what will soon follow, head hunting, licensing fees, etc.

This is a financial strategic move by a legal department, it's not so much a protective measure to prevent copying (thought it acts as such) but a key to the tone of a get rich quick scheme...

Wasted effort I say, I'm not parting with my keyboard, this product will never see the light of day for me and many other consumers! Touchscreen or projector style keyboards are a fail and horrible imho, I don't care how cool anyone may think they are it will fail.

Apple is impressing me with their lack of win...
Edited by _GTech - 7/26/11 at 11:32am
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post #22 of 150
Without actual keys, it's more like an "iWishIKnewWhatIWasTyping".
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There is nothing innovative or proprietary about natural evolution of things...If you ask me patents should only be protected and honored for a maximum of 4 years after that it should become free game to promote competition. I am seriously getting tired of watching pencil pushers make billions of dollars for doing nothing but signing papers, that is why our economies are tanking because they are creating the illusion value out of thin air then when it's time to go to the bank there is nothing there but a few words and signatures.
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Isnt this what a lot of smart phones have now?
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Who likes to look at their keyboard and type!
I prefer feeling what I'm typing.
    
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Surely you must work at a Patent office to support such claims? Or perhaps you havent seen other redic patents by microsoft/ANY other major companies to compare.
Patents are public documents.

I sure have, I know IBM has a patent pending to patent the method of obtaining a patent. I can't quite tell if that's IBM just seeing if they can do it, but it could be very bad for the patent system if it somehow gets approved and IBM decides to act on it.

However, I have yet to see these companies patent troll it's competitors nearly as hard as Apple is right now. The current battle with HTC brought up a patent by Apple that basically patents displaying phone numbers on a screen.

Also, they somehow managed to patent unlocking a screen by "moving an image across the screen with your finger." Interestingly enough, HTC's drag-down unlock is under fire, but the much more similar stock unlocking of the Android OS is not.

I understand that this is a fundamental problem with our patent system, but it also doesn't say much for the company going after the competitors that are gaining market share the fastest with these ridiculous "patents." Some of which they weren't even the first to implement or design.

It might make business sense, but it should be obvious that Apple doing what they are doing is going to piss people off. Looking to get HTC banned from the US? Yeah, that'll piss off more than just "arrogant PC users."
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How do these even get accepted?!

I should patent the color white and black for phones.
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I wonder if all this patent trolling is dampening customers support for Apple.
FSR I doubt it.
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I wonder if all this patent trolling is dampening customers support for Apple.
FSR I doubt it.
Of course not.

Yesterday key-less keyboards were stupid, now they're amazing and revolutionary.

Get with the times!
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I wonder if all this patent trolling is dampening customers support for Apple.
FSR I doubt it.
Most people don't even know this is going on.
    
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