Now that the Palm Pre has launched … it might be time to recall that Apple holds the patent rights for multi-touch gestures on touch-screen mobile handsets.
Other touch-screen handset manufacturers have been careful to avoid a direct mimicking of Apple’s trademarked touch-screen controls (e.g. two finger pinch-in, pinch-out, etc.). But Palm is taking an “in your face” stance on the rights to multi-touch via their new Pre smartphone.
Notwithstanding Apple’s patent (US Patent 7,479,949) and acquisition of FingerWorks‘ IP in 2005 … Palm’s lawyers are apparently betting big on “prior art” to undermine Apple’s rights and avoid legal rulings that would support Apple’s IP. And many are expecting Palm’s team of legal eagles to prepare examples of prior art along with depositions from the “creators” themselves. Palm’s team are even helping “Lefty the Chimp,” a brilliant multi-touch artist (photo – above right) to prepare his deposition, as he has trouble with written English.
I’m reminded by my pal Daugherty that Leonardo da Vinci too was a lefty.
Ya had to do it, didn’t you Palm? Traipse out your artistic chimp and pretend he’s the great da Vinci. Let me tell you something Palm … I knew Leonardo da Vinci … Leonardo was a friend of mine … and Palm, Lefty the Chimp is no Leonardo da Vinci!