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The frivolous lawsuits show no signs of abating with the recent suit against Apple filed in Virginia.  MONEC Holding Ltd., a Swiss company, has filed a patent infringement suit claiming that Apple’s promotion of the iPhone as an e-book reader violates the firm’s 2002 patent. This […]

kindle-for-iphone1The frivolous lawsuits show no signs of abating with the recent suit against Apple filed in Virginia.  MONEC Holding Ltd., a Swiss company, has filed a patent infringement suit claiming that Apple’s promotion of the iPhone as an e-book reader violates the firm’s 2002 patent.

This suit seems to be in response to the appearance of the Kindle for iPhone app in the Apple App Store, as other e-book reader apps have been available on the iPhone for a while. The iPhone is hardly the first mobile device with the ability to read e-books as I have been reading them since the Palm VX in 1999. This suit will surely not stand but it’s aggravating to see these types of hassles simply designed to try to extract money out of the deepest pocket.

(via AppleInsider)

  1. James, if you consult the underlying patent you will find:

    It’s filing date is Feb 20, 1999.
    It acknowledges other prior patents that cover PDA’s used for similar purposes.

    The thrust of this patent seems to be that the radio is built in and the device uses a screen larger than that of a PDA. I’d think Apple could brush them off on the screen size but then the reason for the lawsuit might be the rumors of the 10″ tablet said to be coming this summer…

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