Originally Posted by Pentium4 531 overclocker
Apple Deserves this for suing patent trolling everybody else for the past several years... example? android Slide to unlock =.=
Good point, slide to unlock is pretty much right on par with the patent FlatWorld is using. Both have to do with touch gestures designed for specific purposed. In fact, I'd say Flatworld's patent seems a little more valid, as its a much more specific and less generic patent(though both are jokes imo).
All of these nonsense patents should be tossed out. But if its gotta stay, then Apple should be able to be hit with the same suits they launch on others.
Though, do Flatworld own the patent for the gesture and function itself, or specifically for a "Childs device" with the "upward facing screen" and such? Because, as we all know, many things can and are patented many times over, just for different purposes. Flatworld may have simply been granted the patent for the gesture on a child specific device. I hope its not and they have a legitimate case against Apple to shut them up, but I'm starting to wonder about the technicalities. Patents are not something I read up on or understand 100%. Theres many tricky parts to the whole process.
Edit> Though, where do we draw the line for a childs device, and what do we consider a child. When we get lawyers involved, everything gets hazzy. Also, doesn't the use of an Apple product require you to abide by the TOS set forth by Apple? Do they have any specific age restrictions on who is supposed to activate and use the device? Again, lawyers make things complicated, and complications like these could be all a large company like Apple would need to exploit to have such a thing tossed. I hope not, but again, I'm not big on patent laws...Edited by Fuell - 4/24/12 at 12:25pm