Denied: U.S. PTO Rejects Apple Pinch-to-Zoom Patent - HotHardware
Denied: U.S. PTO Rejects Apple Pinch-to-Zoom Patent

Denied: U.S. PTO Rejects Apple Pinch-to-Zoom Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) took a second look at Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" patent and this time decided to invalidate it. It's a preliminary ruling and Apple will undoubtedly appeal, but for now, it serves as a temporary setback in Apple's quest to sue the mobile world, and in particularly Samsung.

The ruling also opens the door to a retrial between Apple and Samsung. Apple earlier this year scored a staggering $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung for various patent infringement claims related to its Galaxy products, which it contends copy the look and feel of iPhone and iPad devices. Pinch-to-zoom was one of the patents Samsung was found guilty of infringing on.


Samsung has already filed a copy of the USPTO's decision with the court, saying it's relevant for a new trial and also to Apple's request for a permanent injunction against certain Samsung devices. However, the full process of invalidating patents requires a lot of steps and can take years to complete.
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Wow! The USPTO actually invalidated a patent that was obviously invalid? Maybe the world WILL come to an end tomorrow!

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I always thought the whole pinch to zoom thing was kind of a silly patent anyhow.  There isn't a whole lot gestures the human hand can make to zoom in something.  That's like patenting the wave on xbox kinect.

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Oh gosh, isn't it ironic how invalidating a patent would make you think it would be one less thing for companies to argue about and sue each other over, but all it does it resurrect old battles...

Haha, now invalidating patents may cause as much trouble as filing them in the first place did

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