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Old 07-07-2010, 05:01 AM   #12
drsteve
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Originally Posted by kenjennings View Post
Hmmmm. "Handheld" would be a strech in my opinion. A phone is handheld. The heftier edge, portable. Then again, lawyers interpret almost every word as flexibly as possible. My name is on corporate patents where methods, mechanisms, devices, and instruments (all very loaded patent vocabulary) are mostly software.
If Amazon did decide to get nasty it would come down to who could afford the best lawyers. That's why the huge corporations tend to win in situations like this, where interpretation is the main issue.

You have to admire Amazon's foresight though when drawing up their list of claims.

I think you are right, though, Ken in that the key word is 'handheld'.

It's the Alex clones and nooky-likeys that should be shivering in their boots.