John Paczkowski

Recent Posts by John Paczkowski

Good Thing the iPhone Doesn't Have a Brain Wave Analyzer…

sillypatentWith its speech synthesizers, brain current-operated controls and solar power source, the device described in Monec Holdings’ patent–“electronic device, preferably an electronic book,”–would seem to have little in common with Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone. Certainly, the iPhone doesn’t yet support brain wave sensors, nor can it display Braille. Still, it is a “light-weight” electronic device with a “touch-screen” and “a power source.” It does have “a flat, frame-like housing.” And it is capable of displaying e-books. Which in Monec’s opinion make it similar enough to an “electronic device, preferably an electronic book” to file suit over. And that’s exactly what the company has done. In a lawsuit (PDF) filed against Apple Monday, Monec accuses the iPhone maker of infringing upon its astonishingly broad patent, claiming Apple’s distribution of e-book applications like Stanza and Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle through its App Store has done it harm. It’s demanding damages, including lost profits and reasonable royalties, as well as attorneys’ fees. Hard to see Monec collecting them though given the breadth and general sci-fi silliness of the patent at issue.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

Latest Video

View all videos »

Search »

Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work