Apple’s “Steve Jobs” multi-touch patent deemed invalid by USPTO, judgment not final yet

by: Chris SmithDecember 8, 2012

After recently invalidating Apple’s “rubber-banding” patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is back at it with another similar ruling. While not final, the new USPTO verdict says that Apple’s “Steve Jobs” multi-touch patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949) has also been invalidated.

This Office action was filed on December 3, and in case the ruling will stand, and the patent will be deemed invalid, then Samsung and Motorola will have one less patent to think about in their legal spats with Apple.

The “Steve Jobs” patent – which has 20 claims, all rejected by this recent USPTO action – was already found to be infringing by Samsung and Motorola in different conflicts with Apple.

In an ITC case between Apple and Samsung, the “Steve Jobs” patent was found to be infringing by Samsung in addition to three other patents.

As for Motorola, the company was found to be infringing the same patent by Judge Posner earlier this year, in a case that was then dismissed with prejudice. However, the judge found “only some minor potential infringement on Motorola’s part that he decided would not warrant injunctive relief even if Apple prevailed on whatever little was left of its related claims.”

Apple can still challenge USPTO’s recent findings in these two non-final patent invalidations, and a final ruling in each case will come at some point later down the road.

However, considering that the Office is saying at this time that neither the “rubber banding” nor the “Steve Jobs” patents are valid, companies like Samsung and Motorola are likely to use such arguments in courts in future confrontations with the iPhone maker.

  • APai

    finally! sanity & common sense prevails!

  • Eric

    I’m glad, most patents anymore restrict inovation and creativity. Not to mention most are really dumbfounding because I didn’t know actions can be patented. I’m surprised that we don’t have to pay to flip someone off. =D

  • ImWithStupidBelow

    Article not true..Im 13 years old all Ive known is Apple,My Mom and Dad told me Apple invented computers and Mobile phones tech,and that Steve Jobs was a genius more than Einstein

    • Genius Wrath

      how could you, a naive 13 (!!!!) years old kid who have been told lies, tell that the article isnt true!? Please, do your homework before writing that nonsens. And lmao at thinking steve jobs being a bigger genius than Einstein, please correct if im wrong, but we are talking bout THAT EINSTEIN right? smh

      • Einstein

        well you fell for that one… look at his username lmao!