Feeds

Palm damns NCR patent suit as baseless

We'll fight The Cash - Palm exec

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Palm has responded to NCR's patent infringement claims with a firm 'it's a load of old bollocks'.

Not that the company's General Counsel, Stephen Yu, put it in quite those terms, but that's what his legalspeak adds up to.

"Palm will defend itself vigorously," he said, following co-defender Handspring's statement last week that NCR has no case and it will fight the suit.

NCR alleges that PDA products from both Palm and Handspring violate patents covering a "credit card-sized... portable personal terminal" that syncs up with other machines to conduct "a wide variety of financial, shopping and other transactions".

That sounds close of Palm CEO Carl Yankowski's vision of the Palm PDA as a universal electronic wallet. There are a few other circumstantial similarities, but beyond that it's hard to what NCR's beef is about. Certainly its 1987 patents post-date the electronic organiser, which dates back to Psion's Organiser in the mid-80s.

Then again, it's may simply be the transactional aspect - in this case, e-commerce and digital cash - that NCR is chasing, sensing this will soon be big business for the likes of Palm. After all, a product can infringe a patent - and note that we're not saying that Palm has violated NCR's intellectual property rights - even if the concept it copies is only a minor part of its functionality. ®

Related Story

NCR slaps patent suit on Palm, Handspring
Palm to cash in on pay-by-PDA plan
Palm launches m500, 505

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes
'I certainly never expected to become rich ... this is surreal'
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
Stand down, FTC... you can put your feet up for a bit
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.