I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
15th December 2002
A guy from Florida submitted a patent for the following idea in 1992, which, I have to admit, looks pretty forward thinking in terms of its design and similarity to modern smart phones.
This is the patent that he submitted;
Now, call me crazy, but as impressive as that is, the progression of smart phones seemed like a logical progression, even back then, with PDA's and so-forth. This seems more like a PDA device than an iphone, with the physical keyboard keys etc.
It's also pretty hilarious that he considered this thing would run MS DOS 5.0 (fuck me, try using MS DOS on an iphone type device?).
So to come out now and sue Apple, years and years after the iPhone was first released, seems like trying to make a fast buck / patent trolling to me?
I don't see him getting very far, though.
Danny King | Community Manager | GameFront.com
11th November 2006
Isn't the main issue here that he has been sitting on that patent for more than two decades without defending it? Do you even have to defend a patent?
* See wut I did thar?