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