The list of patent infringement cases got another surprising addition. Samsung and RIM (Research in Motion) have been sued by a firm named Varia Holding Inc. for copying their emotions input methods.
You use input method to insert smileys while you text, chat, or mail. To ease the process of feeding the smileys, many mail and instant messaging platforms offer some help. According to the suer, Varia Holding Inc., the method to choose from the array of emotions to make the insertions of smileys fast is owned by them. They filed for the patent in 2005, which got approved in 2007. The firm asserts that a vast range of mobile phones and smartphones by Samsung and Blackberry have been using their technology, and thus infringing the copyrights.
Though the claims are yet to be verified, the question that comes in mind is that what are the objects or activities that can actually be patented. While few might agree to their claims, experts are saying that some activities can’t be made eligible for acquiring patents. Some of the technology-related activities might be common to all, and thus cannot be patented.