Quantum Research warns Apple over iPhone

“‘We will be looking very carefully at the iPhone,’ is the warning to Apple from Southampton-based touch sensor specialist Quantum Research, which already has one lawsuit proceeding against Apple for patent infringement, and is prepared to bring another,” David Manners reports for Electronics Weekly.

“‘The description of the iPhone suggests it uses a rear-surface touch screen, and has proximity sensing which can tell if it is held to the ear. That’s a QR capability,’ Duncan Bryan, licensing director at Quantum Research, told EW,” Manners reports.

Manners reports, “If Apple has used charge transfer technology, QR’s patented technology, to give the iPhone that capability, then Apple could be infringing the firm’s patent… QR is currently selling chips to Apple which it uses in products…”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

Related article:
Quantum Research Group sues Apple over iPod Click Wheel charge-transfer tech – January 22, 2007

43 Comments

  1. No, they don’t expect to sell Apple chips and then refuse Apple the right to use them.

    They want Apple to continue to buy chips from them and not shortcut them by implementing their patented IP without buying chips from them.

    Evidently they want to examine the iPhone because they don’t have a contract to supply chips for the phone and are wondering how it can do things that would normally require their chips.

  2. if Quantum thinks that Apple is going to let them license this technology to other companies they are wrong. Apple would probably acquire the company whole rather than let the competition get the touch screen technology. The purchase wouldn’t even make a dent in thier cash holdings.

    MDN Magic word “going”. As in Quantum is going, going, gone…

  3. Here’s the Mac-Fanatical response, typical of so many on MDN.

    1. It’s Apple… so it’s okay.

    2. Besides this is Microsoft’s fault somehow.

    3. Oh… and you’re a troll.

    4. Thirty more posts of the same posts saying the same things.

    5. Stale jokes.

    6. Rinse and repeat.

  4. Too bad MPC is not very Mac-friendly, but I’m afraid I have to agree with his take on about 90% of the discussions on this board.

    Oh, MPC, you forgot the racist and zenophobic posts usually interjected in the discussions somewhere. Shame on you for forgetting those.

  5. Always a Boring rehash of the same old rehash at MDN.
    Nothing interesting, nothing new.
    Why are other tech sites more interesting?
    Hmmmm….because at MDN it is either everything is great that Apple does AND everything that everyone else does is total sh*t, lies, no good?
    Sooooooooo predictable, soooooooooo boring.

  6. It’s “interesting” that Quantum Research “just happens” to be the supplier of touch sensitive technology for the Chinese iPhone clone: the Meizu M8; and the Meizu M8 “just happens” to be backed by no other than Microsoft itself and runs its Windows Mobile OS.

    Meizu itself is mysteriously sitting it out while more removed players like Quantum do the bidding for both Meizu and Microsoft.

    A legal consultant for this news agency predicts that this case will not go to trial, since “litigation discovery” (conducted under oath) would backfire for Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, who would subsequently invite prosecution under the Federal RICO statutes for conspiring to illegally use foreign entities to attack a US corporation, i.e. Apple. The question is: how far will the boys of Redmond be willing to carry their bluff. This is a very risky and totally illegal game being waged and Federal agencies are already watching. The US DOJ, FBI and SEC are not blind afterall.

  7. This company cannot sue Apple until the iPhone is released, because they will be able to tell if their IP has been violated?

    Cisco can sue Apple over the iPhone trademark because Apple have already confirmed they are going to use that name for their product.

    Anyway expect lots of lawsuits. Apple is making a big splash and everyone wants a piece of the action.

  8. Here’s the typical PC-Apologist response, typical of so many that post here on MDN.

    1. It’s Apple… so it’s okay.

    2. Besides this is Microsoft’s fault somehow.

    3. Oh… and you’re a troll.

    4. Thirty more posts of the same posts saying the same things.

    5. Stale jokes.

    6. Rinse and repeat.

    MDN: “move”, as in, “move on if you don’t like it” and go play with your ultra-cool UMPC brick.

  9. Apple needs to stop publishing specs and let these guys reverse engineering the products.
    At least gets to make some money off the sale of the product that these ppl will rip apart.

    Just my $0.02

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