Feeds

Palm draws up plans for Graffiti 2

Time for a rethink

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

ComputerWire logo Palm Inc has sought to side-step further legal run-ins with Xerox Corp over its PDA handwriting technology by licensing another company's handwriting recognition software.

Palm's software subsidiary PalmSource will use Communication Intelligence Corporation's Jot software as the engine for Graffiti 2, the successor to the Graffiti handwriting recognition software which is integral to the Palm operating system for PDAs.

Graffiti was at the center of a long running patent dispute between Santa Clara, California-based Palm and Xerox Corp, which claimed the software infringed on Xerox patents. In December 2001 a US district court ruled in favor of Stamford, Connecticut-based Xerox. An appeal by Palm was heard earlier this month and a ruling is due later this year, said a Palm spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman said yesterday that while the court case had prompted Palm to look for alternatives to the earlier technology, the firm had decided it needed to rethink the product "independent of the law suit."

Palm had taken a close look at the CIC product and did not envisage any legal problems with Graffiti 2, the spokeswoman added. "We believe it does not infringe."

The PDA vendor said the new product had a more natural input system, and would help Palm grow the market faster.

Michael Higashi, director of OS marketing for PalmSource, said the Jot-powered product gave users more options on how they could input characters. Unlike the earlier product, Graffiti 2 would not require characters to be input as a single stroke. Higashi said Graffiti 2 would be available to its licensees immediately, and PalmSource expected its OEMs to begin shipping products featuring Graffiti 2 later this year.

Palm's spokeswoman said the company would still continue with its fight against Xerox' allegations. Xerox was unavailable for comment.

© ComputerWire

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.