USPTO tentatively nixes key Apple pinch patent

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has tentatively ruled all claims of an Apple ‘pinch to zoom’ patent invalid, possibly affecting the $1.05 billion in damages Apple won from Samsung. Apple’s patent was rejected in a first Office action, meaning the patent could later become invalidated. Samsung brought the tentative rejection to the court’s attention, as Claim 8 of the patent was declared most valuable by Apple in the court case that ended in August. An upcoming judgment on the awarded damages is expected to be made in the near future. [via Foss Patents]

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