Snapchat faces the loss of its "tap and hold for video" patent

Back on August 8th  2012, Snapchat filed for a patent that allows smartphone owners to tap and hold on the handset's shutter in order to record video. A company called Mojo Media filed a similar patent 19 days later. While Snapchat was awarded the patent by the USPTO, Mojo Media has made life difficult for Snapchat by starting a proceeding against the latter. Now, it will be up to USPTO judges to decide if Snapchat will get to keep the patent after all.

If Snapchat filed first, why isn't this a cut and dried case? Because in the U.S., patents are awarded based on the first to invent, not first to file. Mojo actually had come up with a functioning "tap-and-hold" technology three weeks before Snapchat did. Mojo Media could end up with the patent even though no app was ever released containing its invention.

A decision will be announced within months, and besides Snapchat, the USPTO decision could affect others using the technology. That would include Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Instagram Bolt and others. If Mojo is awarded the patent, it could request a licensing fee for its use. It would be upsetting for some if the feature had to be pulled by some apps. After all, the patent allows you to take video or shoot a photo without having to toggle a switch beforehand.


source: TechCrunch

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6 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unfortunately, the US switched to a first to file system, which is so open for abuse. This was filed prior to the switchover date, however, so it's still open to prior art arguments.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Alan, change the article title. You use bait titles way too often and is misleading to the actual article itself most of the time. Based in the information given, Snapchat MAY lose the patent since they HAVEN'T already.

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Neither of them should have a patent on this. What part of it is novel in any way? Press and hold is used in various parts of software to do stuff. What next, press and hold to reach recent items is patented by MS? Horse sht.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I was thinking same. Reminds me of that horrid patent, Slide to lock.

6. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Im going to patent a sex position. I will check all porn movies that resemble the position and sue them all. IL be rich!!

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Software patents are stupid. It's like patenting mathematic.

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