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Apple's pinch-to-zoom patent invalidated by USPTO

0. phoneArena 19 Dec 2012, 18:48 posted on

One of Apple's most famous patents, one used by the Cupertino based tech giant in its suit against arch-rival Samsung, has been declared invalid by the USPTO; the "pinch-to-zoom" patent was completely invalidated because of previous patents on record, according to a court filing by Korean based Samsung which is trying to reverse a damage award of $1.05 billion that the jury gave to Apple...

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posted on 19 Dec 2012, 19:13 15

11. putes (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Looks like the USPTO finally woke up and stopped the automated rubber stamp machine they had working for anything Apple sent to them.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 19:57 9

15. pongkie (Posts: 634; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


great news for us consumers

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 20:21 1

20. azafirster (Posts: 44; Member since: 01 May 2012)


Some good news for Samsung came down from the USPTO on Wednesday when the agency invalidated Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" patent after re-examination found previous patents on record. >>> so who does that patent belong to????

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 20:40 2

28. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


How about no one? If someone developed pinch-to-zoom but didn't apply for a patent, that doesn't mean that Apple can then file for a patent on pinch-to-zoom. Which is why Apple's patent got invalidated.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 23:04 1

40. JC557 (Posts: 1576; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


several companies had a hand in developing pinch to zoom, the usual was Xerox. Xerox was developing a lot of useful items that were too early for their time.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 23:11 3

41. tedkord (Posts: 12312; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They certainly developed some useful ones for Steve Jobs to steal take inspiration from.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 00:19 1

50. JC557 (Posts: 1576; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


But here's some more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmmxVA5xhuo#t=4m30s

http://www.billbuxton.com/multitouchOverview.html

(was introduced to this by someone on Anandtech).

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 20:30 5

22. joseg81 (Posts: 194; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


uspto should really do better work n not let stuff like this slip thru the cracks. glad they finally got their head out of their a$$es.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 20:35 5

25. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


APPLE BEING TOO DAMN GREEDY with pinch to ZOOM they think THEY INVENTED EVERYTHING was created by Microsoft in the first place U CAN'T BAN ANYONE not to use this technology. Even some cars have built in touch screens that USES PINCH TO ZOOM. and its bout damn time USPTO realize this PATENT WAS DUMB

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 20:43

29. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The patent was ruled not valid. That is quite different from dumb. Dumb generally means not unique.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 20:53 2

31. ray77 (Posts: 126; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


A OTHER LOSE FOR APPLE AN KEEP ROLLING ON!!!!

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 20:56 7

32. AnnDroid (Posts: 53; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


OOOOHHHH! This is the best Christmas present!!!!!

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 21:06 1

33. ray77 (Posts: 126; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


YES INDEED

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 22:16 1

38. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Good.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 22:40 2

39. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


N how bout stopping Apple to force HTC for fees on pinch to zoom

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 23:12 1

42. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Justice prevails once again. :D

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 23:26

43. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


i think you mean feb 2010 for the update

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 23:36

44. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


oh sorry my mistake. i thought you meant that the phone released in nov 2009 and got update in feb 2009 lol

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 23:50

45. kanagadeepan (Posts: 946; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Waiting List is:-

Rectangle design with rounded Corners...
Slide to Unlock...
Local and Universal Search...
Action based on link, say on clicking a phone number in SMS, options show as call/SMS/Skype/Save, etc...

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 00:10 1

46. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


APPLE lost even more money on that 1 billion dollar...maybe they the judge will have mercy on them and let them take 100 million for APPLE.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 00:12

47. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I'm actually surprised at this one. This is one I always said they can have it. Wow....

Hmmmmm....that billion dollar settlement.......is gonna be smaller n smaller. It has to be. 3 major patents invalidated?

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 00:21 1

51. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 992; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Unlucky Apple :)

The rest of their patents should also be reevaluated.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 00:35 2

52. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Myz, it is invalidated, where are you?

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 01:19 2

53. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Hanging out at Starbucks trying to avoid your question.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 01:32 1

55. hanapupu (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


oh boy! it is good news for apple to end 2012 :D love it

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 01:37

56. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


this is a disgrace.. is not Apple's fault that the USTPO has it's flaws... isntead of putting so many Android carppy devices they should focus on something that Android has been playing catch up... customer service... I wil stop there need to write my letter of discontent.. to the f' USTPO..

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 02:42 1

57. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Not trying to be funny....but I really have no idea what this post means.

All I can really tell is you're mad that it doesnt favor Apple...

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 03:02 1

59. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Can't even begin to pretend I understood anything in that statement other than you're mad Apple got their BS patent invalidated because it already existed. You might want to come up for air before you get chrones when you have to rush to the surface to avoid going down with that sinking ship.
Beginning to wonder what the hell took so long to render this patent invalid, seriously aren't all these patents in a computer somewhere so you can reference them instantaneously?
At least the USPTO is now reviewing patents that are used in lawsuits at the moment, since they are sporting such large sums of money and would be a grave error on their part to allow monies to exchange hands and they we at fault in it. Heck they should review all of Apple's patents awarded from 2000 till the present, for obvious reasons...these guys filed way too many patents for a company who hasn't really done anything relatively new in the tech space. Everyone else should have their patent wording be made more concise and not broad as possible you know the way Apple likes to make their wording.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 01:50 1

66. tedkord (Posts: 12312; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Imagine how that letter to the USPTO is going to read. Can you see them standing around the letter scratching their heads.

And this guy claims to have a career in broadcasting. I can only assume it's for a non English broadcaster.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 01:47 1

65. tedkord (Posts: 12312; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I agree. Once Apple steals someone else's idea, it should be theirs alone. Only Apple can steal.

Now, back to the real world. It's about time the USPTO actually did their jobs and kept patents limited only to new, unique and unobvious inventions, not old inventions with the words "on a smartphone" tacked on to the end.

Next, they need to look into whether or not Apple actually invented rectangles with round edges. I think they may find a case or two of prior art there. (LG Prada)

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