Palm to Appeal Graffiti Patent Ruling
Handheld computing company Palm Inc. is appealing a recent court ruling that says Palm's Graffiti handwriting recognition technology infringes on a U.S. patent owned by Xerox Corp.Handheld computing company Palm Inc. is appealing a recent court ruling that says Palms Graffiti handwriting recognition technology infringes on a U.S. patent owned by Xerox Corp. "We assert that the Graffiti handwriting recognition technology does not infringe the Xerox patent and that Palm has strong arguments to support its defense," said Eric Benhamou, interim chairman and CEO of Palm, in Santa Clara, Calif., in a statement. "Palm will defend itself vigorously and does not intend for this litigation to affect its business strategy or business model nor that of its licensees."
But industry observers said losing Graffiti may not hurt Palm that badly, as many users are giving up handwriting recognition technology in favor of keyboards. "Graffiti, although it has some usefulness, is really fading into the sunset, anyway," said Fran Rabuck, practice leader for mobile computing at Alliance Consulting, in Philadelphia, and an eWeek Corporate Partner. "If you look at the number of vendors who are adding keyboard add-on stuff for both the Palm [OS] and Pocket PC, it almost screams to be an add-on device."