"Backside Interface for Hand-Held devices"

Al Johnson openmoko at mazikeen.demon.co.uk
Wed Jul 4 16:06:35 CEST 2007

Personally I would throw out the application. The nintendo DS is a handheld 
device with a display on a different surface to the touch sensitive element 
so anticipates claim 1 while all subsequent claims are standard GUI elements  
implemented using claim 1 as the pointing device. This assumes a plain 
language interpretation of the claims by an occasional programmer.

Having said that, with the standard of patent examination in the US I would 
expect it to be granted in a few years' time, at which point someone will 
have to go to court to invalidate it.

On Wednesday 04 July 2007 13:43, Frederic Kettelhoit 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=%2

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