Palm Comments on Apple Multi-Touch Patents

Following up on Apple Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook's comments during yesterday's Q1 conference call, and the supposition that he was hinting that Apple may just take legal action against the Palm Pre for violating Apple's intellectual property (i.e. patents), PC Mag quotes a reaction from Palm:

A spokeswoman at Palm said Thursday that the company has not been contacted by Apple's legal team, to her knowledge. "Palm has a long history of innovation, obviously reflected in our own products and our own robust apps portfolio," she said. "We have long been recognized for our fundamental patents in the mobile space. If we're faced with legal action, we're confident that we have the tools to defend ourselves."When asked whether gestures like "pinching" were universal, or belonged to Apple, the Palm spokeswoman said that "our position is that multitouch has been around a long, long, long time before Apple introduced it."

We learned that Apple first began patenting multi-touch in 2004 and acquired additional patents when they bought Fingerworks in 2005, but is Palm hinting that -- as pointed out -- they may have some patents of their own to fight back with?

Curiouser and curiouser...

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