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RIM faces new lawsuit over touchscreen patents

PlayBook Patent Lawsuit
By Jared DiPane on 12 Apr 2012 05:00 pm EDT
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RIM is no stranger to lawsuits, they come and go. The latest lawsuit is aimed at not only RIM, but also Apple. It comes from a Texas shell company that is creatively named Touchscreen Patents. RIM has apparently infringed on this patent in the way that the BlackBerry PlayBook handles gestures like dragging across the screen, as well as single and double taps. These patents were originally issued in 2007 and 2008 to a Taiwanese company, and since have been transfered to Touchscreen Patents. Details on the infringement as well as the transfer of the patents is limited at this point.

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RIM faces new lawsuit over touchscreen patents

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as the bard once said:
tired of all these, for restful death i cry...

i call my new company "patent on wheels" and sue all car, bike and wheelchair-makers -.-

hmmmm this sounds familiar, no?

a small and unknown company holding on to A LOT of patents until a wealthy company(ies) "infringes" them.

its sad to see all these worthless patents being signed

For Example: UK Patent Application No. GB2172200. An umbrella for wear on the head. The support frame is designed so as not to mess up the wearer's hair.

soo i have patent on patent soo i can sue all your patet patent patent
btw why is rim sued before bb10 is like the know it well be the climex ... no need to say more

Too late. I already own the patent on patent raised to power infinity. lol

Thanks for the laugh Khansama. This patent infringement business is getting ridiculous

That's it I'm going to patent wiping one's ass from front to back! Everyone else must wipe from back to front! Or you owe me money "Period"(.)

Front, back, s'all the same to me, seeing as how I've got the patent on having something in your hand with which to do the wiping. Sitting on a branch with yer pants atcher ankles, done witcher bidness and grabs you a handful of leaves? GOTCHA!

Waiting for RIM to get sued for using the letters R I and M in their name. Then they can change their name to BlackBerry.. so that farmers can sue them...

I hate the way people go out and buy a lot of pantents and just sit on them hoping some one will infrenge on them so they can sue....

they sue a big company and hope they get a settlement because not worth the legal costs, but in this case I hope they let these patent-diggers have it...

innovation is getting crippled because of patents, and the entire idea of patenting has been taken to an ABSURDITY that the originators of these laws could never have imagined!

Tap, double-tap, and swipe. So basically having a touchscreen as a user input without using more than a double-tap for everything a user wants to do...

Easy there lynx. I hold the patent on laughing and I will come after you if you even think of doing it again. Oh yeah, I hold the one on tears too!!

I have the patent on capitalized first-letter abbreviations so you can LOL and RTFM and TGIF all ya want as long as I get paid!

Everybody get your check books out!!!!! I own the patents for breathing, typing and thinking. I'll be issuing a cease and desist order for all of you guys. I accept Paypal

If there are patents on smiley faces and the happy birthday song, then im sure there's one on LMFAO.

I don't see motor vehicle patents for the distance of the head lights to the road, why do these patents even exist? Don't blame the trolls, blame the governments that allow this stupidity.

I'll hold my thoughts until more is revealed about this law suit. The more I hear about these obscure companies that seek to profit using this parasitic tactic the more ridiculous it sounds.

Anyone here have a patent for the English Alphabet? Because if not, I am going to US and file a patent right now!

For every time you sneeze, I will collect $ so dare to sneeze. I own the patent of releasing a breeze from any holes at more than 5mph. (some farts qualify)

still don't get why some company haven't claimed to be the creator of the "talk to a person over a device'" patent.

seriously what the fuck is that crap. and by what the fuck i mean WHAT . THE .
wait for it

FUCK??!!??!!??!!??!!??!

These guys took a page out of apple's book. Remember them try to claim a patent on the swipe to unlock gesture? Their lawyers probably aren't as good as apple's though :P

I have to say...this isn't even really worth mentioning...or its own article really...

We have all seen touchscreen long before 2007.

There were touchscreens last century.

This is quite pointless really

Okay, so I have a serious question here for anyone who knows anything about patents. What exactly is a person allowed to patent? Where do you exactly draw the line on what can be patented? Can a shape of a phone be patented? I've heard of Apple suing Samsung because they claimed Samsung copied the shape of the Iphone. I don't know what happened as a result of that case though. It just seems silly how people can patent how smilies are implemented and now a touchscreen. Can I possibly patent what a phone can do? For example, going on the internet.

Apple's suit against Samsung over the iPad vs the Galaxy Tab isn't over a technology patent but over design. The original intent of the European law was to protect designers from counterfeit goods that look the same or very similar. Apple went ahead and "patented" the rectangular shape with a screen. They made their registered design as general as possible, just like patents are written to be as general as possible for maximum coverage.

i am patenting the letter I so who ever uses the word I in their product name, or company or even software they owe me tons of money!!!! Whink, whink apple"cough" "i"pad.

Jk :D

I see that none of you have any idea what a patent is, so let me help. Patents protect inventions. Under Canadian law, an invention is "any new and useful art, process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement in any art, process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter". Emphasis on "new" and "useful". It also has to be something specific - not just a vague principle or theory.

I don't mean to spoil the fun of the jokes, but you can't patent the letters of the alphabet, or words, or basic geometric shapes. Things like brand names aren't patented - they're trademarked. A trademark is a totally different thing. It protects your identity in the market place, so that other companies can't impersonate you.

On an unrelated note, a lot of patents are housed in no-name shell companies, which are actually owned by a much larger company. The idea is to prevent your competitors from learning what sort of technology your developing, so that you have a headstart on them when it hits the market. I don't know if that's the case here - I actually kind of doubt it - but it's possible.

I have the patent on anyone coming into a comedic thread and being a kill joy! You shall hear from my lawyer!!! (R). Ha to da ha (R).

Two things need to happen. One, the patent office needs to be a little more judicious about what it allows a patent on. And two, Judges need to start fining the plaintiffs in cases like these that waste the courts time. Anyone can see that this rash of lawsuits is reaching the point of being retarded. There should be a limited timeframe that one can protect ideas similar to prescription drugs vs generic drugs. Enough is enough. Unless a company actually produces the product that has been infringed upon, the case should be thrown out. Companies that exist only to sue others should be obliterated from the face of the earth.

Very good points. I'd just add that patents do indeed have a limited timeframe. They expire, usually after 20 years. It's actually the exact same thing as with prescription drugs. I'm not sure if the patents for prescription drugs expire more quickly, although the length of those patents is skewed by the fact that it takes so long to bring the drugs to market. It can easily take 10 years from patenting a drug idea to getting it approved for use.

Maybe technology patents should be shorter, though. 20 years is an eternity in the computer business.

Exactly wbortolin, exactly what I was trying to convey. Tech is much faster pace than drugs. As an example, BlackBerries didn't exist more than 13 years ago. Can you imagine a time before your BlackBerry - seems like ancient history.

Since everyone wants to break out their patents I guess I should break mine out too.......BREATHING! Yep so you got two options.......death or payin me my moniessss B-)

Love all the comments keep them coming it is making my day. Funny as hell. Unless someone has a patent on that

I just patented the phrase "patent infringement" so I can sue these losers that seek to stiffle technology yet create absolutely nothing themselves! Heck, I'll even sue the courts and lawyers for allowing folks to file such bogus cases!!

C'mon, the courts should be setting a better example. Judges should punish lawyers for wasting the court's time on frivolous law suits.

Anyone heard about Weird Al's "I'll Sue Ya"? It's hilarious!