Apple to be sued over iPhone web browser because it makes pages smaller


iphone-safari-browser.jpgHey look, it’s another lawsuit! This time, EMG Technology LLC (a company of one) is suing the iPhone manufacturer because it allegedly infringes a patent for the way that it displays web sites on the mobile’s screen.

It’s not entirely clear what Apple is supposed to have infringed, because the iPhone’s web browser is based on Safari (which has been available on the Mac for years), and effectively displays a scaled-down version of each web page (sans Flash and Java, of course) which can then be manipulated by the user using the multi-touch interface.

If anything, the mobile version of Safari appears to do very little to the original web page — that’s the whole point and it’s what Apple has been banging on about since the iPhone was launched. It’s other mobile phone manufacturers that are more likely to have browsers that manipulate the page in order to make it more readable on their tiny screens.

So why hasn’t EMG Technology pursued them? Spot the money-grabbing reason from Stanley Gibson, EMG’s lawyer: “We haven’t looked at anything other than the iPhone. That was the device that we looked at. Obviously it’s very popular.”

Yep, go for the really popular company first. You’ll get more cash that way. At least you would if you had even the remotest hope of winning this one. The iPhone has been available for over a year-and-a-half… EMG obtained the patent that it now says Apple has infringed last month.

Move along, EMG. Nothing to see here.

(Via Reuters)

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Andy Merrett
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