Apple has been granted yet “another foundational Multi-Touch patent that dates back prior to the iPhone’s initial launch,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s latest multi-touch patent focuses on input discrimination.”
“Apple has won dozens of Multi-Touch patents thus far and it’s one area that Apple intends to protect. In fact Apple launched a lawsuit against Motorola back in 2010 to make that point perfectly clear,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s multi-touch patents have been steadily rolling out over the years. In 2011 alone, Apple hit a Multi-Touch Patent Grand Slam in April, won more in September and again in November with two high profile multi-touch patents. To kick-start 2012, Apple was granted five more Multi-touch patents in late February. Today’s patent provides Apple’s legal team with yet more ammunition on this front and the streams of such patents are likely to continue for many years to come.”
Much more in the full article, including Apple patent application illustrations and diagrams, here.
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