Palm doesn't seem worried about any potential legal action from Apple over its new handset, the Palm Pre, due out sometime in the first half of this year.
The issue comes down to whether the Pre's interface, which uses some of the same multi-touch magic that Apple said it has patented, is too close to the iPhone's system. Though similar, the Pre is more than a slick rip-off. It's got its own thoughtful additions that go beyond straight mimicry.
Palm spokeswoman Lynn Fox told All Things Digital's John Paczkowski, "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."