Text input, OpenMoko and Tengo

David Schlesinger David.Schlesinger at palmsource.com
Mon Jan 22 04:25:09 CET 2007

>"Patent-Pending" is a warning. It basically means this: "If you do
>anything even remotely similar to what we've claimed in our patent
>application we will sue you back to the stone age once our patent is

Not at all. It simply means that a patent has been applied for, but hasn't yet been granted. Anyone can apply to patent anything; applying isn't a guarantee of having one granted, by any stretch of the imagination.

One is obligated to defend one's patents, however: having applied for a patent, one is more or less obligated to advise others of that fact, hence the "patent pending" notice.

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