Text input, OpenMoko and Tengo
jeff at bigredtj.com
Sun Jan 21 21:03:00 CET 2007
>I'm not that much into patent laws, but how long can it take for a patent
to get accepted/rejected?
With good lawyers and enough cash, I've heard of companies pulling this out
to like 10 years
On 1/21/07, Ulrik Rasmussen <openmoko at hwiz.dk> wrote:
> So, since it's just pending, that means that an implementation of
> that works in the same way would only be legal to distribute on "borrowed
> I'm not that much into patent laws, but how long can it take for a patent
> get accepted/rejected?
> Since a method like this seems very effective for all kinds of touch
> based devices, it would kinda cripple the industry if one company was
> on such a fundamental piece of functionality. What if they chose _not_ to
> support the OpenMoko?
> On Saturday 20 January 2007 19:55, Renaissance Man wrote:
> > Well, actually I was wrong, it's not (yet) patented. Their website
> > says patent pending:
> > http://www.tengo.net/tengo_intellectualproperty.html
> > I don't know anything about patent law. I've just heard I a lot of
> > good reports about this way of doing text input.
> > Renaissance Man
> > On 20 Jan 2007, at 2:48 pm, Ulrik Rasmussen wrote:
> > > That is patented? But how? It's basically a rearrangement of the
> > > buttons used
> > > on a regular cell phone.
> > > Unless there's some feature that I've missed, then I can't see how
> > > this could
> > > be innovative enough to deserve a patent.
> > >
> > > -Ulrik
> > >
> > > On Saturday 20 January 2007 13:44, Renaissance Man wrote:
> > >> Would I be right in assuming we won't see anything like Tengo-type
> > >> free software text input on OpenMoko, being that it's patented?
> > >>
> > >> http://www.tengo.net/
> > >>
> > >> I'm also assuming that getting Tengo to add support for OpenMoko is a
> > >> trivial matter. But would be nice to have a freedom software version.
> > >>
> > >> Renaissance Man
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