Apple wins re-examination challenge to Multi-Touch patent

Apple wins re-examination challenge to Multi-Touch patent
Who could ever forget Steve Jobs' introduction of Multi-Touch during the introduction of the Apple iPhone. "Boy, have we patented it," crowed the turtleneck clad CEO when discussing the new technology. "It works like magic," he added. For the first couple of years, competing smartphone manufacturers stayed away from adding "pinch-to-zoom" to their handsets. Instead. we had devices with double tap to zoom which lacked the control of Multi-Touch. Even the Motorola DROID in late 2009 launched without it, although an update eventually added the feature.

For Apple, the good news is that the USPTO now once again recognizes patent No. 7,479,949 after invalidating it in 2012. This happens to be one of the two patents that the ITC has determined was infringed on by Samsung, leading to a current import ban on some older Samsung models including the Samsung Galaxy S II. With the legal victory, Apple could force Android manufacturers into devising a workaround for Multi-Touch.

Apple has already rolled out this patent in court against HTC, Palm, and the aforementioned Samsung. This patent is also expected to be used by Apple in a suit against Google's wholly owned Motorola Mobility subsidiary. Apple has now managed to win re-examination challenges against all 20 claims to the so-called "Steve Jobs" patent. Other re-examination challenges won by Apple include one covering another Multi-Touch patent, and another one covering the bounceback scroll patent.



source: FOSSPatents, higaara via electronista

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72 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple fan should be very happy that America is removing choices that people don't need. iPhone for every American. Wow!

16. takeja

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

The fascistic USA attacking and bullying other nations contains just such the fascistic bribing companies like Apple and Microsoft = pure evil

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

And this is the time when i wholeheartedly ask every company including Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp and whoever imports goods to Apple to boycott it and we'll see who is the winner of this filthy war. P.S: This is the main reason iHate Apple so much and love companies like Sony. Why should any company do such an ugly action?

31. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Apple are becoming desperate, they know they are struggling to keep up with Android/Windows 8 OEMs, so they are trying to use their biased courts to ban their competition.

3. lnguyen7186

Posts: 27; Member since: May 30, 2011

Please, Please, and Please plastic mobile phones maker try not to copy again all you do is hurting your self . Sincerely, Apple = innovation.

5. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Innovation is an overrated term nowadays.

19. techaman unregistered

So lets have apple take off 3g connectivity because its samsungs and sonys and lets take the cards off because thats palms, lets take notification off and toggles because thats androids lets take the insides and screens off becauae they are samsungs lg and Toshiba. Whats left is a metal and plastic body remember apple was plastic for the first couple of years metal after the razor pho e and a few before that. This is why people around the world hate apple saying o that's mine but then it's not fair i want to do that as well

50. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

3G is already a "Standard-essential patent." (3G/LTE/Wi-Fi, etc.) Anyone can use it without permission while paying a license fee.

54. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

but no one is seeing a dime coming from Apple as payment for the 3G license hold by Samsung and Sony. all we are hearing from Apple is this should be banned and that should be banned and Obama administration has shown us they are all talk but a hypocrite in the end. Personally, I am ready for a phone or tablet that has zero American influence.

59. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually some licensing fees are allowed. They just can't be above a fair limit. Seems the definition of "fair" is fairly fluid and depends on the judge though.

45. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

innovators of stealing more like it

52. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

"plastic mobile phones"? like the iPhone 5C?

55. taikucing unregistered

You mean Apple innovation = steal other people ideas?

4. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

apple sucks

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

How much money and political gargling did they have to do to get it uninvalidated? What a load of crabapples.

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2324; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That's basically what it is, huge corporations intertwine with politics and influence certain legislative processes to create loopholes for themselves.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You should go to D.C., and protest.

35. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

whish we actuallly could, it would do nothing as u know. plus we have bigger fish to fry, like getting the tea party racist to stop pfhucking with obamas legacy

40. JMartin22

Posts: 2324; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I'd say the same to you, but I don't know what persona you're going to put on in a given day lol.

42. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Handful of upset citizens vs. a lobbyist with a briefcase full of money. We all know how the system works and how campaigns get funded. Average citizens don't stand a chance.

63. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope they'd come home with some $ though lol

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You got to be fu----g kidding me. A bogus patent that is only used to sue and cause import bans. The hell with Apple.

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This pinch-zoom patent (not so much multi-touch in general) is still one of the few patents I think Apple clearly deserves. If Apple hadn't specifically used pinch-zoom in mobile phones, we would not have it today in our smartphones. We would likely still have touchscreen smartphones, but we would have relied on scrolling bars to zoom in and out. Pinch-zoom (on a phone) was just too different..MAJOR props to Apple for thinking outside the box. The fact that all the companies stayed far away from the feature at first just goes to show that pinching your mobile screen for websites, pictures, etc was respected as "the iPhone-way." I think these companies started taking risks because pinch-zoom was such an extreme advantage/selling point for the iPhone. The reason why I think Apple will ultimately fail to regain possession of the patent is because 6 years later, pinch-zoom/multi-touch is such an integral part of today's smartphone experience that its just so natural, and that's a testament to Apple's unique and well-executed integration/implementation/invention (whatever you want to call it) of pinch-zoom. I think this whole jumping on the anti-Apple bandwagon is pretty stupid. They didn't make the patent just to simply "sue and cause import bans." Apple clearly believes that pinch-zoom is rightfully theirs and they're doing all in their power to protect it from unauthorized use.

24. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's in the 2007 video. They sent out a warning about the patents used to make the original iPhone, and all competitors had to do was find another way to do things. I'm sure everyone on here who is tearing their hair out is a limping, scarred mess because they obviously don't understand *WARNING* signs.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope they don't. Apple patented it, it's theirs. Get permission or pay the price.

37. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

a company will have either paid up fron for the IP or will have to pay for the IP now in a judgement. buuuuuuttt.... the companies who jacked apple are now pretty damn strong for doin so, so was it fair?? no. worth it Pfhucccckkkk YEEAAAA boi !!! lifes not fair isheep!!!!

46. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

apple then should pay who invented it and it sure wasnt crapple

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes you're right, they should.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said, if someone else had come out with it first they'd did the same thing. Protect your IP Apple.

44. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch The patent system is broken, simple as that. More importantly, Apple isn't saying they own pinch to zoom, only the method of which it is used. As with a lot of mobile patents, there's usually a work around so this really doesn't mean that OEM's are doomed.

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