patrick.net

 
  forgot password?   register

#housing #investing #politics more»
735,201 comments in 75,649 posts by 10,908 registered users, 3 online now: APOCALYPSEFUCK_is_ADORABLE, BayAreaObserver, rpanic01

new post

Apples Pinch to Zoom Patent Rejected

By 121212   2012 Dec 21, 3:23am   734 views   11 comments   watch (0)   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.

Comments 1-11 of 11     Last »

1   Peter P   78/78 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 21, 3:26am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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    

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   78/78 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 21, 3:35am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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    

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    

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   78/78 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 21, 3:40am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

I agree. Software patents are patently wrong.

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

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

8   Peter P   78/78 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 21, 3:45am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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

9   Peter P   78/78 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 21, 3:51am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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    

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   78/78 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 21, 4:05am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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

Comments 1-11 of 11     Last »

users   about   suggestions   contact  
topics   random post   best comments   comment jail  
patrick's 40 proposals  
10 reasons it's a terrible time to buy  
8 groups who lie about the housing market  
37 bogus arguments about housing  
get a free bumper sticker:

top   bottom   home