The iPhone’s mobile Safari web browser is the best I’ve ever seen on a handset. When it comes to browsing the Web on the go, nothing beats the iPhone’s double-click or pinch-out to zoom in, pinch-in to zoom out, built-in Google search box and lightning fast rendering. Not to mention the fact that it renders the mobile web in near-exact desktop likeness.
But not everyone is pleased by the performance of mobile Safari. And as a matter of fact, a company called EMG Technology LLC has just filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly infringing on patents filed by Los Angeles real estate developer Elliot Gottfurcht and his two co-inventors.
According to the suit, the technology in the iPhone that helps it navigate and display some websites intended for viewing on small phone screens infringes a patent that Gottfurcht and his co-inventors obtained last month. It should be noted however, that HTC, RIM, and practically every mobile phone manufacturer of the last five years at least, have been churning out handsets that are capable of displaying the Web on small screens, but the suit is only gunning against Apple.
Gottfurcht’s lawyer, Stanley Gibson, says they “haven’t looked at anything other than the iPhone.” Which figures, because he further goes on to say: “That was the device that we looked at. Obviously it’s very popular.”
Obviously they might as well be just patent trolling. Which is often the case with high-profile companies that have highly successful products. Anyway, with the iPhone being more than a year old, and the patent that it allegedly infringes only having been granted last month, it would be interesting to see how this all turns out.
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