Apple Send Cease & Desist to iPhone/Pocket PC Skin Maker
Well, it’s official. The maker of the iPhone skin for the Pocket PC has published a copy of the cease and desist letter he received from Apple. In addition, in a daring move (sarcasm), he posted a pencil rendering of his design. Here is the letter from Apple:
Re: iPhone Interface on a Pocket PC
We represent Apple Inc. (“Apple”) in intellectual property enforcement matters and are writing to you regarding the recent Internet articles and postings about what you claim is a clone of the interface of Apple’s iPhone product.
In addition to seeking patent protection, Apple is also the owner of various U.S. and international intellectual property and other enforceable rights covering the iPhone, including its design, software, display, icons and interface.
Because we believe the software program that you say you authored and describe as an “iPhone interface clone” is an infringement of Apple’s rights in violation of U.S. and international laws, and because you may make the software commercially or shareware available, it is in both of our interests that you clearly understand that Apple takes matters of this kind very seriously, and is prepared to takes steps that are necessary to protect its rights.
While we appreciate your attention to the iPhone, in consideration of Apple’s rights, which you appear to anticipate exist in your Internet postings, we request that you promptly: (i) cease the development and distribution of this software, (ii) take steps to remove any postings of the software or videos featuring the software from any website or server under your control, and (iii) destroy any portion of the software that infringes Apple’s rights or otherwise violates applicable law.
We appreciate your prompt cooperation and compliance with this letter.
David J. Miclean