Samsung and RIM Sued For Using Emoticons

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Emoticons tend to polarise opinion; some love 'em, others hate 'em. Now, Samsung and RIM are being sued over the things, by a company which claims to hold copyright over pop-up menus from which users select their preferred emoticon. Sad face.

The patent, held by Varia Holdings Inc, a spin-off of AOL, details a method which claims to simplify the process of inserting emoticons when using mobile device. The company claims it owns the concept of allowing users to choose emoticons from a menu of options rather than typing them out one character at a time, reports Ars Technica.

That sounds like it's being broken by a whole heap of phone manufacturers, but for now Varia Holdings is pursuing Samsung and RIM — in particular for phones like Samsung's Acclaim, Nexus S, Captivate, Epic, Galaxy Nexus, and Transform, and RIM's Bold, Curve, Pearl, and Storm.

While the claim sounds absurd — because, well, it is — that doesn't necessarily mean that Varia will be laughed out of court. In fact, courts have a shaky track record when it comes to ruling over cases like these, so Samsung and RIM ought cross their fingers. [Ars Technica]

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