New York – A relatively unknown firm called Durham Holdings
has won a broad U.S. patent for technology that describes the use of motion to
control the interface of a smartphone — a feature present in the iPhone and
many other smartphones from Palm, Motorola, Google and others, All Things D

The patent application was filed in 2006, before the introduction of
the first smartphones to feature motion-sensing accelerometers, and pre-dating
several of Apple’s key motion-related patent applications, the report noted.

It’s unclear at this point whether Durham
will seek to aggressively license its patent.  


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