On Tue, 06 Jan 2009 11:39:02 +0100 "arne anka" <openm...@ginguppin.de> babbled:

> >> > no, t9 is patented in it's entirety.
> >>
> >> what exactly is patented that could not be reimplemented?
> >>
> >> - the system of numbers and characters per key is afaik a well known
> >> standard (and dating from long before the mobile era)
> >> - hitting the key several times to select a specific symbol was done  
> >> long
> >> before t9 came up
> >> - completing a word from a dictionary based on the already available
> >> string is done by several keyboard apps (even xvkbd afaik) w/o violating
> >> any patents
> >
> > the last bit is patented. matching it to a dictionary (when combined  
> > with the
> > first 2). this is the patent. when combined with a numberpad and key
> > combinations per number - to use a dictionary to auto-guess the key you  
> > wanted
> > without having to cycle through all keys with multiple presses on a key.
> 
> sounds to my like a combination of prior art and triviality -- but  
> probably no one has time or money to dispute it ...

they do. they have. and they have lost. patent has withstood the court system.
and that cost them dearly. google it. :)

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