(Real estate) developer sues Apple over Jesus Phone browser
XML and the Beverly Hills Hotel
Apple is facing yet another Jesus Phone patent infringement suit. This time, an opportunistic patent holder wants some cash for "the way the iPhone navigates the Internet."
After suits over the iPhone's touch screen, virtual keyboard, visual voicemail, and caller ID feature, Jobs and cult have now been hit with a browser-related patent attack from something called EMG Technology.
EMG "managing member" Elliot Gottfurcht is one of the inventors named in US patent 7,441,196, which provides exclusive rights to an "apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming, and scrolling internet content." The patent describes a means of converting an ordinary html page into xml format for browsing not only on wireless handhelds, but televisions and other web appliances.
Elliot Gottfurcht is also a Los Angeles real estate developer. He's responsible for Beverly Park, a gated community overlooking the Beverly Hills Hotel; the 800-home Beverly Glen Park; and the Carriage House, now the Westwood Village "W" Hotel.
Naturally, Gottfurcht and EMG have filed their suit in the Eastern District of Texas, famous for the kind way it treats patent trolls. ®
Let's get ourselves down to the US patent office and patent the 'apparatus and method of granting stupid and vague patents with no real substance, which serve no purpose other than to stifle creativity by leaving genuine innovators open to vacuous lawsuits'.
That way in future we can sue the US patent office for creating these stupid situations.
Opera Mini vs. XML
"Opera Mini does do this and has for some years"
Opera Mini doesn't reformat to or read XML. It uses some kind of binary language.
LucasArts were sued in a Texas court by someone who claimed a patent on the MATRICES used by computer games to transform objects.
They came up with prior art going back to the 17th century and were told by the judge "I do not want to hear any technical arguments in my court".
They had to pay an amount equivalent to the best five year profit the entire Lucas organization had ever made.
Apple can't necessarily fight this just because they're a big company.