PATENT TROLL Touchscreen Gestures has claimed that Apple's Iphone and Ipad infringe its touchscreen patents.
Touchscreen Gestures seems to be nothing more than a shell company that has ownership of a number of patents that cover screen tapping and dragging gestures. The firm has also claimed that Samsung and Research in Motion (RIM) infringe its patents with their respective tablets.
Touchscreen Gestures has asked the court to hand down an injunction against Apple, claiming that due to patent infringement it has "suffered monetary damages", the value of which has yet to be determined.
The firm demanded a protracted and costly jury trial, however it is hard to believe that such basic touchscreen patents granted in 2007 can hold water. Palm, long before it was taken over by HP, had deployed similar 'methods' to detect screen taps and dragging on its Palm OS devices back in 1997.
Touchscreen Gestures is more than likely trying its hand to see how much cash it can shake out of some of the biggest names in the mobile industry. Whether Touchscreen Gestures will be successful going up against Apple and Samsung is highly debatable.
Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ