Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Apple Multitouch Patent Is All About UX Lock-In–BusinessWeek [GigaOM]

An Apple intellectual property reality check

Don’t think of this as a hunting license for Apple, or permission to launch a broad offensive against its competitors in the smartphone market. While FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller told me the patent is “excessively broad” in his personal opinion, “it’s nowhere near the scope of a patent on anything multitouch.” UBS analyst Maynard Um said in an e-mail to his clients that the patents held by Apple seem intended mostly “for defensive purposes,” since “collecting royalty is not Apple’s business model.”

Apple Multitouch Patent Is All About UX Lock-In - BusinessWeek

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