Apple/Samsung feud delves into the origins of touchscreen patents

Documents in latest patent trial reveal that early versions of Android software did not support touchscreen technology

Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in the courts for what seems like an eternity, with allegations of patent infringement going both ways. But recent documents filed in the latest round of the dispute point to some interesting revelations about the early days of the Android operating system and the influence the iPhone had on its evolution. 

According to documents that were released as part of the trial, Android did not originally support touchscreen technology. In a 2006 specification document, Google advised manufacturers that “touchscreens will not be supported.” Those familiar with the products in question will note that this document was released a year before the debut of the iPhone. 

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Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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