Sweeping Patent Suit Targets Google, Apple, Amazon, and Nearly Every Other Company Involved with Smartphones

As I’m sure you have noticed by now, there are two ways to make money off of technology: develop innovative products that consumers buy up in mass quantities or become a patent troll. The latest example is perhaps the most unabashed of them all, as HW Technology is suing Google, Apple, RIM, Amazon, HTC, LG, Nokia, and pretty much any other smartphone-related company you could name over a 2009 patent that reads thusly:

“A software platform in an Internet Protocol (IP) phone having the ability to be used with different communication infrastructures such as broadband, wireless communication and Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) service. Further, the software platform in the IP phone has the ability to be used with different applications operating on the IP phone. Further, the IP phone has the ability to perform additional functionality than traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) phones, such as searches and advertising, given its ability to converge voice and data within a single terminal.”

In other words, if your device and the software it uses includes any sort of applications marketplace, you are guilty of patent infringement. Just another sad example of how the patent system is being manipulated to turn a quick dollar off of companies working hard to improve the smartphone ecosystem. Hopefully a judge will see the reality of the claims and want nothing to do with the lawsuit, but with the way these legal things go it could be quite some time before we know.

[via MobileCrunch]

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  • Anonymous

    The patent laws suck

  • Anonymous

    The patent laws suck

  • Anonymous

    The patent laws suck

  • Anonymous

    The patent laws suck

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.pettibon Jeremy Pettibon

    Not even close to getting me with this one! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.pettibon Jeremy Pettibon

    Not even close to getting me with this one! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.pettibon Jeremy Pettibon

    Not even close to getting me with this one! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.pettibon Jeremy Pettibon

    Not even close to getting me with this one! :)

  • Anonymous

    April Fools! oh wait maybe this is real…

  • Anonymous

    April Fools! oh wait maybe this is real…

  • Anonymous

    April Fools! oh wait maybe this is real…

  • Anonymous

    April Fools! oh wait maybe this is real…

    • Anonymous

      And thats the sad part…it just might be.

    • Anonymous

      And thats the sad part…it just might be.

    • Anonymous

      And thats the sad part…it just might be.

    • Anonymous

      And thats the sad part…it just might be.

  • DarrenMR

    That first sentence is historical.

  • DarrenMR

    That first sentence is historical.

  • DarrenMR

    That first sentence is historical.

    • DarrenMR

      Wow I suck. Hysterical.

    • DarrenMR

      Wow I suck. Hysterical.

    • DarrenMR

      Wow I suck. Hysterical.

    • DarrenMR

      Wow I suck. Hysterical.

      • Anonymous

        LMAO @ “Historical” >_>

      • Anonymous

        LMAO @ “Historical” >_>

      • Anonymous

        LMAO @ “Historical” >_>

      • Anonymous

        LMAO @ “Historical” >_>

  • DarrenMR

    That first sentence is historical.

  • Aquamadman

    Well if these guys can sue then what about the creators of star trek, tricorder anyone?????

  • URFACE

    THIS IS HOW I HOPE TO GET RICH SOMEDAY!!!! *Eyes gleaming with joy*

  • URFACE

    THIS IS HOW I HOPE TO GET RICH SOMEDAY!!!! *Eyes gleaming with joy*

  • URFACE

    THIS IS HOW I HOPE TO GET RICH SOMEDAY!!!! *Eyes gleaming with joy*

  • URFACE

    THIS IS HOW I HOPE TO GET RICH SOMEDAY!!!! *Eyes gleaming with joy*

  • Abernathey

    Definitely April fools! Patents are never that easy to read..

  • Abernathey

    Definitely April fools! Patents are never that easy to read..

  • Abernathey

    Definitely April fools! Patents are never that easy to read..

  • Abernathey

    Definitely April fools! Patents are never that easy to read..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lindsay-Reid/1466799814 Lindsay Reid

    Hope this is an April Fool otherwise it is just another illustration of how ridiculous the patent system has become. I’m all for protecting true and innovative intellectual property rights but this sort of things just sucks. It suffocates innovation and costs all us of money and only the trolls and legal profession benefit.

    Patents should be reserved for genuine innovation – Steam Engine, Electric Motor, Jet Engine. Granting them for the method of turning page on a tablet or an animated icon is just ridiculous, The sooner patents become sensible again, the sooner companies and people might give them the respect they may deserve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lindsay-Reid/1466799814 Lindsay Reid

    Hope this is an April Fool otherwise it is just another illustration of how ridiculous the patent system has become. I’m all for protecting true and innovative intellectual property rights but this sort of things just sucks. It suffocates innovation and costs all us of money and only the trolls and legal profession benefit.

    Patents should be reserved for genuine innovation – Steam Engine, Electric Motor, Jet Engine. Granting them for the method of turning page on a tablet or an animated icon is just ridiculous, The sooner patents become sensible again, the sooner companies and people might give them the respect they may deserve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lindsay-Reid/1466799814 Lindsay Reid

    Hope this is an April Fool otherwise it is just another illustration of how ridiculous the patent system has become. I’m all for protecting true and innovative intellectual property rights but this sort of things just sucks. It suffocates innovation and costs all us of money and only the trolls and legal profession benefit.

    Patents should be reserved for genuine innovation – Steam Engine, Electric Motor, Jet Engine. Granting them for the method of turning page on a tablet or an animated icon is just ridiculous, The sooner patents become sensible again, the sooner companies and people might give them the respect they may deserve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lindsay-Reid/1466799814 Lindsay Reid

    Hope this is an April Fool otherwise it is just another illustration of how ridiculous the patent system has become. I’m all for protecting true and innovative intellectual property rights but this sort of things just sucks. It suffocates innovation and costs all us of money and only the trolls and legal profession benefit.

    Patents should be reserved for genuine innovation – Steam Engine, Electric Motor, Jet Engine. Granting them for the method of turning page on a tablet or an animated icon is just ridiculous, The sooner patents become sensible again, the sooner companies and people might give them the respect they may deserve.

  • TheBrit

    This HAS to be an April Fool.

    If not – Blackberry, Simbian and Winmo can ALL prove that they pre-date this. Probably Apple and Android can as well.

  • TheBrit

    This HAS to be an April Fool.

    If not – Blackberry, Simbian and Winmo can ALL prove that they pre-date this. Probably Apple and Android can as well.

  • TheBrit

    This HAS to be an April Fool.

    If not – Blackberry, Simbian and Winmo can ALL prove that they pre-date this. Probably Apple and Android can as well.

  • TheBrit

    This HAS to be an April Fool.

    If not – Blackberry, Simbian and Winmo can ALL prove that they pre-date this. Probably Apple and Android can as well.

  • Anonymous

    Makes you wish it was an April fools joke… or is it?

  • Anonymous

    Makes you wish it was an April fools joke… or is it?

  • Anonymous

    Makes you wish it was an April fools joke… or is it?

  • Anonymous

    Makes you wish it was an April fools joke… or is it?

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  • Demartino Frank

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  • Mark

    Can I patent the use of electricity in a phone?

  • Mark

    Can I patent the use of electricity in a phone?

  • Mark

    Can I patent the use of electricity in a phone?

  • Mark

    Can I patent the use of electricity in a phone?

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • Anonymous

    Since this was just entered a few years ago, it is obvious what their intentions were.

  • http://twitter.com/distracticon DistracticoN

    totally April Fools, but I can see why it’s believable (except Abernathy commenter was right about how they a written)

    here’s a good rant on patenting ideas
    http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/27/a-method-for-encumbering-progress-by-patenting-other-peoples-ideas/

  • http://twitter.com/distracticon DistracticoN

    totally April Fools, but I can see why it’s believable (except Abernathy commenter was right about how they a written)

    here’s a good rant on patenting ideas
    http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/27/a-method-for-encumbering-progress-by-patenting-other-peoples-ideas/

  • http://twitter.com/distracticon DistracticoN

    totally April Fools, but I can see why it’s believable (except Abernathy commenter was right about how they a written)

    here’s a good rant on patenting ideas
    http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/27/a-method-for-encumbering-progress-by-patenting-other-peoples-ideas/

  • http://twitter.com/distracticon DistracticoN

    totally April Fools, but I can see why it’s believable (except Abernathy commenter was right about how they a written)

    here’s a good rant on patenting ideas
    http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/27/a-method-for-encumbering-progress-by-patenting-other-peoples-ideas/

  • http://twitter.com/distracticon DistracticoN

    totally April Fools, but I can see why it’s believable (except Abernathy commenter was right about how they a written)

    here’s a good rant on patenting ideas
    http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/27/a-method-for-encumbering-progress-by-patenting-other-peoples-ideas/

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!

  • Professore

    Actually not that far from reality ! The US patent process is virtually useless since there is no requirement for a proper definition. Just look at some of the garbage Apple has tried to patent, and all too often has succeeded!