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Apples Pinch to Zoom Patent Rejected


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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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  1. Peter P


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    1   11:26am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike  

    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.

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    2   11:33am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike (1)  

    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?

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    3   11:35am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

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

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    4   11:37am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)  

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

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    5   11:39am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike (1)  

    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.

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    6   11:40am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

    I agree. Software patents are patently wrong.

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    7   11:42am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)  

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

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    8   11:45am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

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

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    9   11:51am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

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

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    10   11:58am Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike (1)  

    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.

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    11   12:05pm Fri 21 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

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

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