RoughyDrafted slams journalists over multitouch patents
Daniel Eran Dilger is full of righteous indignation about the attacks of Apple’s multitouch patent. You know, the idea that either Apple doesn’t really own the patent or that there was some prior art that negates the patent. Mr. Dilger lays is out right away:
According to a wide range of frothy mouthed pundits, Apple has announced patented ownership of “multitouch,” and will now destroy the future we deserve by forcing all competitors to stop using a basic concept that was already in wide use long before Apple ever demonstrated the iPhone. They’re wrong, here’s why.
And it just gets better from there. Roughly Drafted takes a bevy of claims about multitouch as reported by bloggers and dissects them thoroughly. Along the way he manage to work in Saturday Night Live (the 70s version) and Apple’s legal troubles with Microsoft back in the day. It’s a well done article and worth your time.
I agree—the article is well-worth your time (at least if you’ve seen the shoot-from-the-hip journalism that was so quick to turn these patent questions into stories based on supposition and very little fact). There’s been so much misinformation about the iPhone and patents lately, I’m happy to see anything that doesn’t try to turn the issue into a “He said, she said” shouting match between Apple and Palm.