“Apple was recently awarded a patent related to multitouch input processing, which the Internet immediately characterized as a ‘key multitouch patent’ that Apple could use to target Android handset makers,” Chris Foresman reports for Ars Technica. “While the patent does describe a useful—and perhaps even important—part of Apple’s multitouch technology, it certainly isn’t a ‘thermonuclear’ option that Apple could use to wipe out its smartphone competition.”
“Of course, Apple would maintain that it doesn’t necessarily need or want a ‘smoking gun”‘ to keep all competitors out of the market; it just wants to keep the competition from ripping off its designs,” Foresman reports. ‘We think competition is good. It makes us all better. And we are ready to suit up and go against anyone,’ then-COO Tim Cook told analysts in 2009. ‘However, we will not stand for having our IP ripped off, and we’ll use whatever weapons that we have at our disposal.'”
Foresman reports, “Before his death in October, Jobs also made it quite clear that he would be willing to use Apple’s vast resources to ‘destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product,’ as he told biographer Walter Issacson.”
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