Stop unfair software patent suits against competing mobile platforms.
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Stop unfair software patent suits against competing mobile platforms.

    1. Brian Honaker
    2. Petition by

      Brian Honaker

      Shelbyville, KY

Apple has patents on every feature for their phones. Most of these patents are very general in the description of what they do. So general in fact, that it's impossible for competing platforms like Android, Windows Phone 7, and Blackberry to have any similar features without technically infringing. Apple is suing these companies in a clearly unfair and anti-competitive way. To quote a recent article, here are just a few examples. As you read these, think about all the other companies whose services do the things listed. If all of these were enforced to the letter, it would put other companies out of business, or force them to design a radiaclly different way for people to interact with their phones.

US Patent No. 5,946,647 - this patent was filed in 1996 (issued 1999) and covers detecting data, such as a phone number, in an email or web page, creating a link to that data, and initiating an action like calling the phone number when the user selects the link. The data could also include addresses, dates, etc

US Patent No. 8,086,604 - this patent claims priority back to 2000 (issued Dec. 2011) and covers searching multiple sources of information (on device and elsewhere) through a single search interface, such as Siri. Apple specifically touts Siri in its injunction request, but also argues that a unified text search is covered by the patent as well.

US Patent No. 8,046,721 - this patent claims priority back to 2005 (issued Oct. 2011) and covers Apple's signature slide-to-unlock feature. While Apple already has patent coverage on an image unlock feature, this newest patent is obviously intended to be a bit broader — likely addressing potential workarounds implemented by Google and OEMs over the last couple of years.

US Patent No. 8,074,172 - this patent was filed in 2007 (issued Dec. 2011) and covers providing word suggestions while the user types on a touchscreen keyboard, where the suggestions can be accepted or rejected by the user.

Tell Apple to stop this frivolous and anti-competitive behavior!

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    • Josue Rodriguez HOMESTEAD, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      It is complete NONSENSE that Apple can patent things which have BEEN IN USE for about 2 decades (20 years for you dumb politicians who don't know right from wrong [or right from left even]. STOP THIS COWARDLY MADNESS.

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    • Aaron Roberts WATERLOO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing because I feel the industry should never be dominated by a sole developer, ever. Technology grows as people adapt to it's changes, to lock companies out of the competition due to fear that they will surpass you is childish. A company can not claim that it's stolen goods are it's property, and that others aren't playing fair by paying attention to the trends.

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    • Cory Wilson GREENWOOD, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      I love android, I don't care for apple, and i shouldn't be forced to use an Apple product, and if these patents are all enforced, Apple will be the only phone manufacturer.

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    • Kieran Sattaur MANHATTAN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I am sick of Apple, I am tired of them dumbing down the general public.... disgusted in the way they hold their technology hostage and monopolize their market.

      Worst yet, why sue competitors when you have such a loyal fanbase... No one with an iPhone wants a droid phone anyways, so what is the problem? Apple is pathetic.

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    • Matt Randa CINCI, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Apple are ungrateful backstabbers... They totally don't give a rats ass that Microsoft bailed them out in the 90's, cause it sure as hell wasn't Steve Jobs! First Microsoft now Google... WTF! I hope Google strips apple of any and all of Google services from EVERY Apple product... "What you want to access Google but your on an apple product?... Sorry Go screw yourself!... Maybe I'm just overreacting, but we all know Apple is too...

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