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Apple Phone Patent War Like Sewing Machine Minus Violence

No one’s accused Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt of threatening to throw Steve Jobs down a flight of stairs.

In other respects, Apple Inc.’s patent war inspired by its late co-founder against iPhone competitors using Google’s Android system evokes an 1850s free-for-all among sewing machine makers, when Isaac Singer threatened violence after Elias Howe accused him of patent violations.