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Apples Pinch to Zoom Patent Rejected


By 121212   Follow   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:23am PST   449 views   11 comments
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323277504578189891418492784.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/12/20/apple-s-pinch-to-zoom-patent-rejected.html

In Apple’s defense, it is a pretty sweet feature. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple’s claim to the “Pinch to Zoom” patent. The function—which iPhone users will recognize as the ability to intuitively zoom by using your finger and thumb on a touchscreen—was a cornerstone of Apple’s case against Samsung. The basis of the initial ruling was that other patents essentially covered the same invention. Translation: You didn’t invent the wheel.

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Peter P   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:26am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike     Comment 1

There are way too many silly patents. Especially "software" patents. We need patent reform. Innovations cannot happen when every step you make is potentially a legal landmine.

121212   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:33am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike (1)     Comment 2

What I am still confused about is that Apple did not invent the touch capacitative screen!

or any screen for that matter.

The screen inventors obviously enabled the tech to do pinch and zoom otherwise Apple S/W would not work on it!

It's a "driver" ! How can you patent a driver?

Peter P   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:35am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 3

Well, the jump from touch to multi-touch-to gesture is significant. What should it be a patent?

121212   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:37am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)     Comment 4

But again Apple did not invent that. It enabled it through s/w!

121212   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:39am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike (1)     Comment 5

The whole thing is stupid, attempting to patent natural gestures etc, it's counter productive to stop other companies standardizing on the same controls.

A Mouse and Keyboard does not define a PC? Just as a touch screen does not define the tablet.

It does not hurt Apple, it makes Apple the standard!

Now Apple look stupid, again.

Peter P   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:40am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 6

I agree. Software patents are patently wrong.

121212   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:42am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)     Comment 7

They could have played nice, but they believe as they usually do that they OWN the marketplace.

Peter P   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:45am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 8

The mobile market is just too important. And the winner may as well take all. It is a high-stake game.

Peter P   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:51am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 9

Anyway, I think the patent office is doing the right thing. And I am glad.

121212   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 3:58am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike (1)     Comment 10

Peter P says

The mobile market is just too important. And the winner may as well take all. It is a high-stake game.

It's always evolving, it will never be winner takes all. Nokia thought they had it all, look how it turned it for them.

Peter P   Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 4:05am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 11

It will be winner takes "most" for a while.

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