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[AI] Apple sued by 'patent troll' over Numbers software

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, accepted the suit from Data Engine Technologies LLC, which claims Apple's Numbers infringes on a 1995 patent for a "system and methods for improved spreadsheet interface with user-familiar objects," reports CNET.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/09/28/apple-sued-by-patent-troll-over-numbers-software

When did Apple get the right to complain?
post #2 of 36
Since Apple had prior knowledge of the patent and did it anyway, doesn't that make them 100% wrong?
This should be an open and shut case.
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First discovered by Priorsmart, the suit alleges that Apple had prior knowledge of the patent as early as 2010 and went on to cite the IP in its own 2007 patent for manipulating spreadsheet cells
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http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/09/28/apple-sued-by-patent-troll-over-numbers-software
When did Apple get the right to complain?

Apple patented "Patent Trolling", no one else can do it but them.
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Looks exactly like Excel.

12.09.28-Spreadsheet.jpg
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Looks exactly like Excel.

12.09.28-Spreadsheet.jpg
The porgram is an actual program, Quattro Pro
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox View Post

Looks exactly like Excel.
12.09.28-Spreadsheet.jpg

It's up to them who they sue, lol.
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Good, good. Let the patent trolling continue.

I seriously hope the current patent system crashes and burns....but amazingly even the Apple vs Samsung billion+ dollar cases haven't done much to change the system.

We need a LOT more companies abusing this system in order to make an impact, we need courts to be full to the brin with hundreds upon hundreds of these cases.
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Lame, I don't support patent trolls even if it is against a company I dislike.
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good riddance


the funny part is that this simple patent is actually a lot more complicated than apple's "rectangular look and feel" patent.. i was hoping to see someone(mentos?xD) sue apple for using circles on their home buttons, just to give them a taste of their own medicine
 
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good riddance


the funny part is that this simple patent is actually a lot more complicated than apple's "rectangular look and feel" patent.. i was hoping to see someone(mentos?xD) sue apple for using circles on their home buttons, just to give them a taste of their own medicine
Nope... it's absically a patent on the UI ox Excel/Numbers.
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