John Paczkowski

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Smartphone Motion Patent’s Authors Are Google, Apple Engineers

A quick follow-up on that broad motion-control patent I wrote about Thursday. I haven’t been able to turn up any information on Durham Logistics, the limited liability company to which the patent is assigned, beyond learning that it is managed by another obscure Las Vegas LLC called Memscom. But I have uncovered a bit more about the inventors who wrote it. The first, as I mentioned earlier, is an engineering director at Google (GOOG). And the second?

He’s a hardware engineering manager at Apple (AAPL) working on the iPad.

Which is interesting, right?

Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) are both playing, aggressively–and in Apple’s case, litigiously–in the mobile space in which this patent could become a factor. That the two engineers responsible for it ended up in their employ years later seems more than a little ironic.

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