Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Hop-On to sabotage phone market with patent?

updated 11:05 am EDT, Thu April 5, 2007

Hop-On MP3 Phone Patent

Cellphone designer Hop-On may create trouble for the music phone industry, according to a patent the company has received today. The company said it had been granted a patent that covered MP3 phones with speakers on the sides as well as control buttons -- effectively applying the patent to virtually every flip-phone with music abilities released in the US over recent years. The company was aware of this and hoped to profit at the expense of other cellphone makers by collecting royalties from the "millions" of past and future designs touched by the patent, the announcement said.

Such patents could drive up the prices of phones of Motorola and other cellphone makers that operate in the US, forcing them to pay a small fee for every phone or else face legal action. Cellphone service providers and even the retailers would also have to pay their own royalties, Hop-On said. No mention was made of slider phones and other designs that might be affected.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. jhorvatic

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005

    0

    I don't understand patent

    I just don't understand how patents are granted these days. I thought you had to be the actual inventor of the product in order to get a patent. Not just apply for one and then proceed to collect royalties on something you never really built or invented. Not only that but I thought that a patent can't be granted if the function is to broad like plays MP3's and control buttons. What the heck?

  1. Commodus

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Feb 2002

    0

    Welcome to US patent law!

    This is why we need legal reform. I wouldn't be surprised if a court case gets this thrown out, though, since "prior art" has often been enough to invalidate these kinds of patents.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Blueto ...

Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite gaming keyboard

The market for gaming keyboards is getting crowded, starting off with some fairly simple keyboards and diverging into the land of modu ...

GX Gaming DeathTaker mouse

Gaming is a serious endeavor for many people, driving them to look for the best performance in their system and interface devices. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News