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Palm squares up to Apple over IP legal threats

Palm squares up to Apple over IP legal threats

If Apple expected Palm to blush, make half-hearted excuses and whip the Pre back under the table, they've a cold hard shock coming this morning.  Delivering the much-anticipated response to Apple COO Tim Cook's legal warnings over potentially infringed intellectual property, Palm spokesperson Lynn Fox described her company as "confident" that they had the tools, "robust patent portfolio" and "long history of innovation" to defend themselves.

Full Palm legal statement after the cut

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Apple weighing legal action over Palm Pre IP infringement?

Apple weighing legal action over Palm Pre IP infringement?

Apple has fired a warning shot across Palm's bows, over possible legal action concerning the new Palm Pre smartphone's possible use of multitouch and touchscreen gesture technology that Apple holds IP rights to.  Talking to analysts in the financial conference call on Wednesday, where Apple announced record earnings for the last quarter, executive Tim Cook responded to a question about sustaining iPhone market leadership by saying "we don't mind competition, but if others rip off our intellectual property, we will go after them."

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Apple’s Jobs patent firestorm threat revealed in no-hire lawsuit

Apple’s Jobs patent firestorm threat revealed in no-hire lawsuit

Apple's Steve Jobs allegedly threatened Palm with a patent nightmare if the company's execs didn't agree to a no-hire talent poaching policy, new court filings suggest, with Google, Intel, and others all cited as implicit in the pact. Jobs' proposal, detailed by a legal filing quoting former Palm CEO Edward Colligan, was made back in 2007, with the Apple co-founder concerned about employees switching between the big names in tech at the time, and heavily suggesting that Palm should opt in to a no-hire treaty, or face a potential firestorm of patent lawsuits.

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HTC bought Google patents for indefatigable Apple fight

HTC bought Google patents for indefatigable Apple fight

HTC has confirmed that it bought the Google patents it is using in its latest legal blast against Apple, describing the litigation as "an obligation" to its business, partners and customers. The company refused to tell AllThingsD exactly how much it had spent on the patents - and Google would only confirm that they had been transferred over the past two week period - but, in a statement given to SlashGear, HTC argued that it would keep returning to the courts until Apple's infringement stopped.

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Apple’s target really Google in HTC patent punch-up?

Apple’s target really Google in HTC patent punch-up?

While Apple may be ostensibly going after HTC with this latest round of legal wrangling, it's starting to look like the Cupertino company is actually looking to take on Google.  HTC's devices - spanning Android and Windows Mobile - have been name-checked across the board, but Apple's case saves some serious bile for their Android implementation.  Meanwhile, examination of the specific patents in question raise questions about whether Apple's target really is the device manufacturer, or in fact the underlying platform on which so many of their recent smartphones have been based.

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Apple sue HTC over iPhone patent infringement [Updated with full patent list]

Apple sue HTC over iPhone patent infringement [Updated with full patent list]

Sad faces over at HTC today, we'd wager, as Apple unleashes their latest patent-related lawsuit on the makers of the Hero, Desire and Legend.  Filed in the US District Court in Delaware together with the US ITC, the suit alleges that HTC have infringed on twenty Apple patents that are all related to the iPhone, whether it's UI, architecture or hardware.  It's also accompanied by the usual "create your own tech, don't steal ours" quote from CEO Steve Jobs.

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Palm threatening unlocked GSM Pre retailers with legal action

Palm threatening unlocked GSM Pre retailers with legal action

Palm has been apparently been busy warning UK retailers that it is less than happy with pre-order pages for SIM-free versions of the Palm Pre, informing them that the webOS smartphone will only be available in locked form (presumably to O2, the company's UK carrier partner).  Our sibling site MyPre.com has been informed by one affected retailer that Palm's legal team "requested" in no uncertain terms that they take down their listing, where the Pre had been tentatively offered for £450-500 ($737-819).

Apple requested Android multitouch support be cut?

Apple requested Android multitouch support be cut?

According to an unnamed Android team member, Google actively pulled multitouch support from the Android platform after Apple requested its removal.  The decision, which the source claims was done to avoid souring Google's ongoing relationship with Apple, left the T-Mobile G1 with hardware that would support multitouch but a platform that restricts input to just a single finger.

Various hacks have surfaced recently, demonstrating how to adapt the Android platform to enable multitouch, including suggestions that Google themselves commented-out relevant code that had been active in pre-production builds.  The source claimed that Google's key priority was avoiding a legal contest over IP, such as seems to be brewing between Apple and Palm with regards the multitouch and gesture implementation in the iPhone and the Pre.

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Apple Multitouch patent finally awarded: IP battle not over yet

Apple Multitouch patent finally awarded: IP battle not over yet

Apple exec Tim Cook's recent posturing over touchscreen and multitouch patents during the company's financial conference call surprised many by how unexpected and direct it was.  Now, it looks like we might know why the COO was quite so forthright: what Cook knew - and at that point most of us didn't - was that Apple had finally been granted their infamous "Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics" patent, number 7,479,949, which had been languishing in review at the patent office for more than two years.

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