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Apples Pinch to Zoom Patent Rejected

By 121212   2012 Dec 21, 3:23am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   721 views   11 comments   watch (0)   share   quote  

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   2012 Dec 21, 3:26am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

2   121212   2012 Dec 21, 3:33am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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?

3   Peter P   2012 Dec 21, 3:35am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

4   121212   2012 Dec 21, 3:37am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

5   121212   2012 Dec 21, 3:39am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

6   Peter P   2012 Dec 21, 3:40am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

I agree. Software patents are patently wrong.

7   121212   2012 Dec 21, 3:42am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

8   Peter P   2012 Dec 21, 3:45am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

9   Peter P   2012 Dec 21, 3:51am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

10   121212   2012 Dec 21, 3:58am  ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

11   Peter P   2012 Dec 21, 4:05am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

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