Apple "pinch-to-zoom" patent deemed invalid

Dec 20, 2012
People walk through the Apple retail store in Grand Central Terminal on December 10, 2012 in New York City. A filing in a high-stakes legal battle between Samsung and Apple revealed that a "pinch-to-zoom" patent central to the case has been deemed invalid.

A filing in a high-stakes legal battle between Samsung and Apple revealed that a "pinch-to-zoom" patent central to the case has been deemed invalid.

The patent was a centerpiece of a trial that ended in August with a jury ordering Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features for its flagship Galaxy S smartphones.

Samsung provided US Lucy Koh a copy of a preliminary determination that, upon review, the Apple pinch-to-zoom technology wasn't original enough to merit a patent.

Samsung hoped the filing would bolster its argument for a new trial or to have the slashed.

Since the verdict, US patent officials tentatively invalidated an Apple patent on technology that gives a "rubber-band" springing effect when a finger tugs at the edge of a touch-screen smartphone. That patent was also at issue at trial.

Koh on Monday denied Apple's request to ban a set of Samsung smartphones from the US market based on the jury's finding that the South Korean firm was guilty of infringing on six of the Cupertino, California-company's patents.

Even though Apple was victorious in the patent case, the and iPad maker failed to prove that the technology at issue was the driving factor in people's buying decisions, Koh reasoned in the ruling.

Samsung—the world's top mobile and smartphone maker—has appealed the verdict.

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Jayman
5 / 5 (5) Dec 20, 2012
I used to be a fan of Apple in the Jobs era. Now the company disgusts me. It has turned into a patent troll and it is obvious that they don't see themselves surviving post-Jobs in much the same way. I hope they give up this insane trolling and get back to making good products that people want.
Anda
5 / 5 (2) Dec 20, 2012
Exactly what I think
TheKnowItAll
not rated yet Dec 20, 2012
Could it be that Steven Paul Jobs was the glue that held it all together?
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (7) Dec 20, 2012
I used to be a fan of Apple in the Jobs era. Now the company disgusts me. It has turned into a patent troll

Turned out? Apple has been patent trolling for more than a decade. Jobs was very much instrumental in starting this. This is just the latest in a looooong series of patent suits and ridiculous stuff Apple has patented.
MikeBowler
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 20, 2012
i think the round corners patent should be chucked aswell, if Apple want to patent designs they should patent something more detailed such as the complete layout of an iPhone

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