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UK firm suing Fingerworks / Apple over patent 5,730,165

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2005, 02:49
by Hobart
From

Firm fingers Apple over pointing tech
By INQUIRER staff: Thursday 29 December 2005, 14:24
A UK COMPANY filed a lawsuit against Apple and Fingerworks just before Christmas alleging the companies had breached a patent it owns.
Quantum Technology Management Ltd, a UK company based in Haywards Heath, alleges Fingerworks and Apple breached patent number 5,730,165 - Time Domain Capacitive Field Detector, granted on the 24th of March 1998 to a Harald Philipp and subsequently acquired by Quantum.



...could this legal threat have prompted Fingerworks to seek acquisition by a firm better able to handle a legal attack?

I'm thinking that they typo'ed the exact patent number, that patent seems to be about ??

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2005, 03:57
by The00Dustin
Interesting... Does this company know that Apple acquired Fingerworks, or are they trying to sue Fingerworks as a separate entity? (Did Apple acquire Fingerworks, or had Fingerworks previously licensed the technology to Apple?) From the looks of the patent, I would think the lawsuit is frivolous, but I didn't read much of it, so I could be wrong. If Apple acquired Fingerworks and already used the technology, then what did they use it for? Their lame two finger mouse pad? That sucks. I guess we'll ride it out and see what happens. I'd guess that all of the information from the court proceedings will be public domain, if anyone knows how to get ahold of them...

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2005, 12:39
by ivanw
At a glance what I think is that they should not toss off publicly, youngster could see them and adults must show the way to go. Should they win, I'll have to adapt. So, I am going to claim ownership of the idea consisting to breathe in order to stay alive.

:roll: Mental illness is a must nowadays to keep up with mainstream events. Lawyers are in charge of deciding what is real and what is illusion. Even engineers submit their work to them. The law of physics have to comply with what humans have forged 13.5 billions years after the beginning of the story. Amazing, it's like in an average TV series, you'll always be wrong at guessing who is guilty. It would be boring if we could guess right.

The secret is to put stupidity in charge because wisdom has less degrees of freedom (they can't use bulshit). Then, with the collusion of those who enforce the law, they can change how things used to go until now. Next year will see humanity taking control. Human laws are going to assimilate laws of physics, Get prepared for the next episode!

:twisted: What is funny here is that I don't know whether FW did still Quantum Technology's technology or not. Furthermore I don't care because truth is irrelevant in this matter as long as you are the winner! And I am the winner, I am the king, the customer who did not buy any Quantum gizmo.




I come back here to say that I kind of liked the story of a mayonnaise jar by Quantum. It looks like they had some second thought while confiscating the usage of capacitors from the world. They are trying to compensate with a humanitarian contribution web page.
It is at the end of this page that I found this story: . Hurry up before they decide to remove it and classify the whole electrostatic thing.
Other are worth reading too.

:wink: After looking some I must recognize that they are doing a good job and I can understand that they might have reasons to be afraid of what Westerman and Elias could do with Apple's support.

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2005, 17:29
by VaderPi

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2005, 18:17
by ivanw

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2005, 21:58
by Rqyteqto

PostPosted: 02 Jan 2006, 14:01
by VaderPi
Now it just sounds like you two are picking on me ;)

PostPosted: 02 Jan 2006, 14:48
by ivanw
:roll:

PostPosted: 02 Jan 2006, 22:03
by Rqyteqto
Never!

PostPosted: 03 Jan 2006, 15:41
by ken gray
I say we all meet at Mac World Expo and give Steve Jobs an Old School Beat Down till he signs a contract to release a new version of the keyboard with enhancements we should have had over the past year and a half and give us the new model as a peace offering (cuz if Apple does nothing else right, THEY SURE GOT STYLE DOWN IN ACES!).

Oh yes!

PostPosted: 04 Jan 2006, 02:45
by goldfish

PostPosted: 04 Jan 2006, 21:14
by thenn
Sorry, I won't be able to go. Not enough in my budget. Please *kick* Apple's CEO in the head for me too!

patent lawsuit

PostPosted: 11 Jan 2006, 23:03
by Captain_Obvious
Ok, you do realize that these are two different lawsuits, one against Apple for their dual finger mouse (which we have determined has no FW tech) and a seperate one against FW. Sorry, but this was just another red herring.

Re: patent lawsuit

PostPosted: 12 Jan 2006, 07:42
by goldfish

Oops

PostPosted: 25 May 2006, 16:50
by only120xs

PostPosted: 03 Jan 2007, 10:19
by ivanw