Another Apple patent is rejected by United States Patent and Trademark Office — this time it is “pinch-to-zoom”

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Apple just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to patents, as another one of its most important patents has been rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This is the second in recent months, following the company’s patent for the “rubber band” effect being temporarily invalidated in September.

The patent in question this time is U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915, which deals with detecting whether a finger or multiple fingers is scrolling on touch screens or commonly known as the “pinch-to-zoom” patent. This is the very same patent that Apple was able to successfully sue Samsung with for alleged property infringement during the summer, so it would be an understatement to say that it is one of the more important patents in their portfolio.

Even though¬†the patent has been rejected, it wasn’t invalidated, giving Apple a (long) shot at the patent in the future. Despite that, score one for Apple’s rivals and haters.

[via BGR]

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4 comments

  1. Coyote

    @clockmendergb:

    It’s because nobody in our government knows what anyone else is doing. The lawyers LOVE this as it makes more work for them. And as they work on a per case basis of course paperwork and documents never go where they should. That would allow the lawyers to actually work these cases out.. and that would mean losing their lucrative income from these companies willing to throw billions at them in what they perceive to be a money saving action!

    Basic functions like this, that involve no hardware specific or software that can’t be created in 2 places by different teams, on different interfaces…. I mean how else are you going to zoom, on a touchscreen??

  2. clockmendergb

    How can they possibly win a court case on a patent that was still in the process of of being verified?

    Was the court at the time aware of this pending patent still being under review.
    If so why did they find for Apple?
    If not why were they not informed?

    Interesting.

  3. Tom

    Prior Art: “pinch-to-zoom” was featured first by Kids in the Hall comedy troupe’s Mark McKinney, whose Mr. Tyzik the Headcrusher character pretended to crush the heads of passers-by between his thumb and forefinger.