Yup, programmers gotta eat too.
Originally Posted by SPinTiff
It looks cool, but I heard that caller ID is some sort of a patent that you can't freely use in the US unless you pay the owner.I know the Berry-A-Code guy pulled his app for some reason, but if it's cause of Caller Id that would be weird - not just cause pretty much every cellphone now has the feature to link caller id to your address book, but also cause there's plenty of other apps that use caller Id for different purposes (and they are still being sold in the US) from CRM to call blocking/allowing, etc. It may just be a case of everyone else is ignoring the patent and the Berry-A-Code guy didn't want to risk being sued since his was a free app.
You can use caller ID in your apps in other countries and thanks OK, but if you do it in the US you get sued big time.
Can anyone else confirm?
Further, a company could argue it's just use base functionality of a phone since the access to caller id functions come from RIM's OS, and Rim would presumably have paid the licence for those functions.