∞ Apple sued over Safari Web browser on iPhone, iPod touch

Apple is being sued for patent infringement by Softview over the way it displays mobile content on its iPhone and iPod touch devices. According to court documents filed in the District of Delaware, Softview alleges that Apple is infringing on its so-called ‘353 patent, issued to Gary Rohrabaugh and Scott Sherman, and owned by Softview. The patent describes the “Scalable Display of Internet Content on Mobile Devices.”

Specifically the abstract of the ‘353 patent says:

Mobile devices enabled to support resolution-independent scalable display of Internet (Web) content to allow Web pages to be scaled (zoomed) and panned for better viewing on smaller screen sizes. The mobile devices employ software-based processing of original Web content, including HTML-based content, XML, cascade style sheets, etc. to generate scalable content. The scalable content and/or data derived therefrom are then employed to enable the Web content to be rapidly rendered, zoomed, and panned. Moreover, the rendered displays provide substantially the same or identical layout as the original Web page, enabling users to easily navigate to selected content and features on familiar Web pages. Display lists may also be employed to provide further enhancements in rendering speed. Additionally, hardware-based programmed logic may be employed to facilitate various operations.

The lawsuit also names AT&T because it sells the iPhone in the U.S.

Softview is asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction against Apple, and an unspecified amount of cash.

  • Paul Eccles

    Oh no, someone's already patented displaying and zooming a webpage on a mobile device!

  • of note: the patent was filed in 2005; granted in 2008

  • Joe

    "of note: the patent was filed in 2005; granted in 2008"

    Obviously, no one knew how to scale web pages in 2005. What an incredible invention!

    • Lucas

      yep. i do believe that Safari on my computer has been doing this for ages. as does IE etc.

      so Apple is really using prior art (prior all the way back to 2003). and will likely win the suit based on that argument

  • Greg H.

    I've got something unspecified for these clowns. Where have they been since 2007 when the iPhone was introduced? And while they may hold a patent on their process, they can't hold a patent on the idea. I wish courts would just toss these meritless lawsuits and force these jerks to actually produce something to prodect.

  • Brian

    These lawsuits are getting stupid I swear where have they been all this time it's not like apple is a new company! Hello!!!

  • Paul

    You will always have parasites like this with useless patents due to prior art trying to sue a deep pocket like Apple hoping upon hope that they can get a settlement and then go out and buy a new Lexus. Americans should spend their time trying to produce things and create wealth instead of playing the litigation lottery.