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ZDNet: Apple iPod patent should be denied

updated 06:50 pm EST, Wed March 31, 2004

ZDNet on iPod patent

Apple should not be allowed , according to ZDNet columnist Matt Loney. "I have yet to see anything in the iPod interface that I have not seen before elsewhere. If this patent is granted, it will simply serve to show what a car-wreck the US patents system has become, and should serve as a warning to governments elsewhere." Loney compares the situation to Apple's past attempts at patenting broad concepts: "Apple learnt its lesson when it tried - and failed - to sue Microsoft for copyright infringement of its interface."

by MacNN Staff




  1. PowerMacMan




    ZDnet/C|Net is one of the most anti-Apple publication organizations in existance.

  1. RIP

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To the DA writer...

    Copyrights and Patents are TWO different beasts...

  1. Kesey

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple loveer, but...

    Come on, even as an avid Apple supporter this one seems ridiculous. I can see that from Apple's perspective though, why not try?

  1. Luke Chastain

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It should be TiVo

    If anyone should be able to patent that type of interface, it should be TiVo.

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This person knows nothing about patents.

    Please do a search for the term 'prior work'.

    More anti-Apple FUD from an expected source.

    It's not even worth clicking the link, folks.

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Matt Looney Tunes

    ...seems like Ziff Davis is just another affilate of W " NNNNN" B C ....

  1. dru

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ZDNet doesn't know diddl

    Since when do they comment on patents? Are they commenting on Microsoft's patent attempts too? What about Microsoft's business practicies like axing IE for MacOS? ZDNet has forever (since at least 1990) been a Microsoft mouthpiece whether it came to covering alternatives to Windows, competitors to Office and so forth in their various publications.

    Anyway, this guy is moronic by claiming Apple should've learned its lesson from the failed copyright suit. That failure was caused by a bad agreement between the companies, not the merits of the claims per se. Lotus successfully won a case against Borland who implemented a different looking but functionally equivalent to 1-2-3's menu setup in Quatro Pro. This agreement was another FAILURE of the Scully era.

  1. diskgolfking

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wrong term

    Actually the correct term is "prior art"

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The original look and feel lawsuits were look and feel bacause there was no clear patent or copyright on the original Macintosh UI.

    So this is different. They have many legs to stand on compared to way back when...

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think we have been through this before... anything that is not Apple rah-rah is automatically we automatically label as FUD and Microsoft/Intel/Dell mouthpiece.


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