It’s been a week since we mentioned patents, but fear not! The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple yet another – that’s in addition to the patent we all shrugged at recently concerning in-call app switching.
This new patent is all about multi-touch, one of 200+ “new inventions” Apple cited when it unveiled the first iPhone in 2007.
Multi-touch is something we’re now very used to on our fancy smartphones. It’s invaluable when zooming in and out of webpages and pictures, for example. As such, we expect many a lawsuit to follow. Sigh.
The patent description includes: “sensing a plurality of events occurring simultaneously or nearly simultaneously on an event-sensing panel”.
When Apple first unveiled the iPhone, Steve Jobs said: "We've been pushing the state of the art in every facet of this design. We've got the multi-touch screen, miniaturization, OS X in a mobile device, precision enclosures, three advanced sensors, desktop class applications, and the widescreen video iPod.
“We filed over 200 patents for all the inventions in Phone and intend to protect them."
At times Apple has come across like a big fat bully, with its relentless attacks on Samsung, for example. But Samsung and Motorola hold critical 3G patents that could signal trouble for the Californians. Hearings are scheduled in Australia and the US next year.
via: Patently Apple