Joe Pfeiffer jjpfeifferjr at
Wed Jan 10 18:07:19 CET 2007

Stuart Gray writes:
>I was just watching the apple iPhone keynote.  And when Steve Jobs is
describing the phone touchscreen interface, he says they have patented
it.  What does this mean about the OpenMoko phone?  I am not overly
knowledgable about patent protection, so it may be a silly question.
But doesn't the fact that they have the mobile phone touchscreen
interface patented mean that you cannot realease the OpenMoko as it is
infringing on it?

If there's a patent on that, it's much older than Apple's -- my
Samsung PalmOS phone from around 2002 or so has a touchscreen

iphone has quite a few interesting bells and whistles on their
interface:  they claim it can detect multiple-fingers, it can
distinguish accidental brushing from deliberate pushing, etc.  It must
be some combination of those extra features that's patented.

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