Originally Posted by That Guy
I know, Thunderbolt was Intel's workaround for mini-DP. But knowing Apple and their recent track record, I'm sure they'll figure out a way to sue them too.
Here's the patent: miniDisplayPort
They license it for free, and as long as it doesn't change the patent, which is just the port design and pin layout, there's no reason for Apple to go after them. Actually, its one of the easiest things to get a license from Apple to get it. Lenovo, HP and Dell have used mDP in their laptops and with Thunderbolt, will be bringing more laptops that will have it.
Why would Apple sue their own partnering company? Intel was the one asking Apple to help with Thunderbolt and since Apple already had mDP, which was completely free for them to use, they used it for Thunderbolt without any additional cost. When you get the right to use Thunderbolt, you get the rights to use the mDP from Apple as well.Edited by Lareson - 2/18/12 at 10:25am