You could see some litigious intent in Tim Cook's recent statements regarding competition, but they weren't direct threats to Palm, or about the Pre. That didn't stop Palm from taking them that way.
Pressed about Cook's words, a company spokesperson told Digital Daily:
"Palm has a long history of innovation that is reflected in our products and robust patent portfolio, and we have long been recognized for our fundamental patents in the mobile space. If faced with legal action, we are confident that we have the tools necessary to defend ourselves.”
Are both Apple and Palm talking vaguely about one issue that they both foresee becoming a point of legal contention, like multitouch?
Probably not. Cook's original statement was purposefully vague, and when he was pressed on if he was referring to Palm, he said "I'm making a general statement." It's not certain that he wasn't referring to the Pre, but it's clear in any case that he didn't want to initiate a public cockwaving contest over it. Palm apparently does, which is a strategy I'm not sure their lawyers would be overly enthusiastic about. [AllThingsD]