Nokia Sniffing Around Sidekick Territory with New Patent Application

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Sneaking a peek at a patent application by Nokia shows the company slipping into me-too territory, doodling an application to the U.S Patent Office that looks surprisingly like a T-Mobile Sidekick. Supposedly sidestepping any danger of patent infringement is one notable difference: an odd crank-like device on the side that must be turned to open up the screen, with a half-turn revealing the QWERTY keyboard nestled underneath. Too much like a sidekick to be a separate patent? Nokia knows what it's doing, but this could still end up more as a court decision than an actual product. [Unwired View]

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kaisermachead

This isn't much different from the design of the Sony UMPC either. The only difference between these and Danger's Sidekick is the fact that the SK has a rotating fliptop. I doubt Danger would balk at yet another sliding display text device.