The crux of the patent filing is the ability to distinguish between a two finger pinch action and one finger scrolling on a touchscreen device. Of the 21 claims in this patent filing, claim eight is the most important to their Samsung issues. That claim was crucial to their $1.05 billion initial judgement, but with a settlement review, it could unravel a bit for Apple.
Apparently, the USPTO confirms Apple’s patent is invalid in regards to the infamous lawsuit against Samsung. As a result, Samsung’s penalty could be reduced.
Google has filed an application with the USPTO for a patent with back panel touch controls. Could Google be reinventing how we interact with our smartphones and tablet?
Intrigued by the idea of a smartphone camera featuring multiple LED flash bulbs onboard? Apparently so is Google. In September of 2011 the company filed for such a patent, and it has now been granted by the USPTO.
DOJ and USPTO have criticized companies for using standard-essential patents in asking for sales bans, saying these moves are unfair and anti-competition.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reexamining another Apple patent – the third one by our count – and this time around we’re looking at the “pinch to zoom” patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915), a weapon that was successfully used by the iPhone maker in its first U.S. case against Samsung.