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August 31, 2010


This won't hold up. The language is unbounded and will fail.

Yes, the abstract describes a mouse, but the claims (the parts that matter) recite "A movable input device for inputting information" and other "input devices" either of which is broad enough to cover an iPhone or a Wii Remote + Wii Motion Plus accessory.

A lot of the patent points to a computer device generally and the end of the patent states: "The invention which is intended to be protected herein, however, is not to be construed as being limited to the particular forms disclosed." That's the legal way of extending technology beyond a single perceived device or purpose. Apple has that in their patents too.

bloody patent is for a mouse with those properties.
Last time I looked iPhone is not a mouse, neither is Nintendo Wii.

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