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Apple’s ‘Steve Jobs patent’ tentatively ruled invalid

The United States Patent & Trademark Office has ruled an Apple multitouch patent — commonly referred to as “the Steve Jobs patent” — as invalid on a non-final basis. All 20 claims of U.S. Patent 7,479,949 were rejected in a first Office action, a preliminary ruling that suggests a patent can be invalidated in the future, though it is being left in effect pending a final determination. The patent is for a “Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.” This notably follows an October reexamination of Apple’s “rubber-banding” patent for a bounce back effect when scrolling, which similarly concluded on a preliminary basis that all claims would be invalidated. These patents have been at the heart of Apple lawsuits against rivals, and if found invalid would significantly damage the Cupertino company’s litigation positions. [via FOSS Patents]

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/slow golf clap over here :)

Anyone who watched Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1988 could have filed this same patent, they just needed to know how to obfuscate the obviousness with the sort of language rife through that patent so that the approval officers had no idea what they were reading.

Posted by Phil Dzikiy on December 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM (CST)

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