iPhone's visual voicemail ain't so new
Patent holder sees Apple in court
Klausner Technologies has filed suit against Apple, and AT&T, for infringing its patent for providing a visual representation of incoming messages, a claim that has convinced AOL and Vonage to pay up in the past.
Klausner Technologies has filed the case in the patent-holders' favourite, the Eastern District of Texas, and is claiming Apple has infringed two of their patents, 5,283,818 and 5,572,576. Both cover the user's ability to select recorded messages for playback out of chronological order:
This enables the user to access messages in a selective manner based on the identity of the caller. The need to listen to the actual voice messages to determine the caller's identity and the need to listen to the messages sequentially or chronologically is obviated, saving both time and effort.
Which would seem to be an accurate description of Visual Voicemail, a feature exclusive to the iPhone.
It was enough to convince AOL to pay for a licence in 2005 when it ended up in court with Klausner over a similar feature in their VoIP client, and Vonage also felt obliged to get a licence. More recently, Cablevision and Skype have heard from Klausner lawyers.
Klausner Technologies has about 25 patents covering various aspects of mobile telephony, and makes no apparent attempt to develop products based on its ideas - it simply licenses them to those caught infringing. ®
Steve Todd "what Microsoft invented themselves?"
The obvious difference between MS and Apple is that Apple steals ideas from others and then claims they thought of it, as has been their motto for decades and echoed by their paid-off media hacks as Apple being the great innovator.
Neither Microsoft nor Bill Gates has ever promoted themselves as an innovator, but more as a product Integrator. MS doesn't hide the facts that they've bought most of the individual software PIECES they have Integrated into bundles. MS was the FIRST to sell an Integrated office application suite in MS Works and Office. Apple had to BUY ClarisWorks to get their bundle! (and it wasn't even complete either).
Yeah, so show us WHAT has Apple innovated in software since System 7 thru OS 9?? OS X is a rip off of BDS, UNIX and the quirks of NeXT (and it's buggy as hell and security holes Apple patches more often then MS does Windows.)
Apple bought Final Cut Pro, bought iWorks, and bought Logic Pro; all the other dweebie "iApps" are dorky ultra scaled down versions of other programs and generally they suck - like iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie or HD and iCal - are all iCrap.
Oh, Apple threw together Aperture, but what a flop - NO "Pros" use it, and here's what reviews say according to Wikipedia: "A number of reviewers have commented that the performance of Aperture v1.5.x is markedly worse than that of Adobe Lightroom v1.0.x." (Lightroom - an AMATEUR program!)
So hey Apple FanBoi, people in iGlass Houses shouldn't throw stones .... especially when they DON'T do any research first (typical Apple Kool Aid Drinker).
In the abstracts, both these patents specifically require that the CALLER enters information using DTMF. Surely iphone does not require that?
It is also quite a stupid idea since the caller could put in any DTMF tones and pretend to be someone else, but lots of patents are stupid...
Prior art must be before March 31 1992 (patent filing date).
(Usual caveats, IANAL).
Not much of an Apple fan, but let's get a grip. The floppy-disk drive on the Apple ][ was sufficiently cheaper and more robust than all that had gone before to mark a real departure. The difference between an affordable personal computer with removable, random-access, reasonable speed storage and all that went before is significant. If you don't think so, you are probably not old enough to get chills at the mention or "Kansas City" and "Tarbell".