Hopewell Culture and Design this month sued the companies claiming violation of U.S. Patent No. 7,171,625. In that patents abstract, read PDF here, it stated that:
The invention enables a new type interaction with content represented by an active display element in response to double-click a point-and-click user interface apparatus wheb active visual display element is selected.
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Defendants in that lawsuits are Adobe System, Apple ( iPhone and iPad), HTC America (Droid Incredible, Droid Eris, Hero, and EVO 4G being specifically pointed out), LG, Motorola, Nokia, Opera Software, Pal, Quickoffice, Samsung Electronics, Sa,msung Telecommunications.
**Never know that simple “doucle-click” ‘activities also has their own patent and inventor. All this time, thought it is just a normal ‘natural’ mouse’s program. And in that patent, nearly half of it explaining what it is “left-click”, “right-click”, and “left click-movable-section”. The “double-click” system sound easy, but it seems that it is very hard to be programmed. Is it the arrangement of the keyboard have their own patent? Who invented the word ‘mouse’? Who invented ‘shift’, ‘tab’, ‘backspace’ keys. Who invented the USB ‘holes’?
Via: Apple Insider, SlashGear, Electronista