"Backside Interface for Hand-Held devices"

Ryan Prior piratehead at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 08:22:47 CEST 2007

A standard drawing pad, such as those used by an artist, is a good example
of Claim 1. As a touch-sensitive input device, it causes a change in cursor
position and state corresponding with the position at which it is touched.
All that differs in Claim 1 of this patent is the stipulation that it is
used in a mobile electronic device, as opposed a relatively less mobile
desktop or laptop computer, such as those used by artists.

Since the other claims simply hinge on claim 1, the whole patent is
basically bunk. I couldn't, for example, patent the idea of a computer mouse
designed for a mobile electronic device just because it's (presumably) never
been done before. It's simply porting an already well-understood concept
from the desktop world to the embedded world - there is no new idea, just a
new implementation.

Peace, fight the power, and say no to bad patents,

On 7/4/07, Frederic Kettelhoit <kettelhoit at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello together,
> there is one patent application called "Backside Interface for Hand-Held
> devices" with the patent number 20070103454. It has been published on 10th
> May 2007 and isn't granted yet. Does anyone know how long such a process
> might last? And are there realistic chances that this patent will be
> granted? Because I think it would also be pretty cool for OpenMoko phones.
> http://www.latestpatents.com/category/apple/feed/
> http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=20070103454.PGNR.&OS=DN/20070103454RS=DN/20070103454
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