Will Apple Sue Palm Over the Pre?

PC Mag writes, "Apple executives hinted Wednesday that the company might legally contest the multitouch technology found within the Palm Pre.

During the waning minutes of a conference call announcing the company's record-setting quarter, Apple executives were asked about the likelihood of the company suing rivals over its multitouch technology, the backbone of the iPhone and the iPod touch.

Specifically, Michael Bronstein of RBC Capital Markets asked Apple executives about "sustaining leadership" in a market where numerous platform developers, including Microsoft's Windows Mobile, Google's Android and the Palm Pre, compete. Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, noted the complexities of supporting multiple hardware permutations."

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