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Apple sued by SoftView over Mobile Safari rendering

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
News Categories: Apple, iPhone

Washington-based company SoftView has filed a lawsuit against both Apple and AT&T claiming patent infringement. SoftView claims that the iPhone’s Mobile Safari browser infringes upon its patent for “Scalable Display of Internet Content on Mobile Devices,” for which it applied in 2005 and was granted in 2008. The patent’s abstract states, “Mobile devices enabled to support resolution-independent scalable display of Internet (Web) content to allow Web pages to be scaled (zoomed) and panned for better viewing on smaller screen sizes. The mobile devices employ software-based processing of original Web content, including HTML-based content, XML, cascade style sheets, etc. to generate scalable content. The scalable content and/or data derived therefrom are then employed to enable the Web content to be rapidly rendered, zoomed, and panned. Moreover, the rendered displays provide substantially the same or identical layout as the original Web page, enabling users to easily navigate to selected content and features on familiar Web pages.” SoftView is seeking an injunction against Apple as well as damages. [via The Loop]

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Software-based processing?
IANAPL, but…
So all Apple have to do is say that Safari uses the PowerVR chip some stage during the rendering process and voila! Hardware-based processing.

Posted by Dan Woods on May 12, 2010 at 12:45 PM (PDT)


If they were only granted the patent in 2008 and the iPhone has been around since 2007, then surely it is not susceptible to any claims of patent infringement.

Posted by Mace on May 13, 2010 at 11:59 AM (PDT)

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