“Apple has won a crucial victory over its touchy rivals following a decision to confirm its ownership of intellectual property dubbed the ‘Steve Jobs patent,'” Jasper Hamill reports for The Register.

“US patent number 7,479,949 was filed by ‘Steve Jobs et al’ and is called “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics,” Hamill reports. “After spending almost a year reconsidering the patent, the USPTO has now said (according to FOSS Patents): ‘No amendments have been made to the patent. As a result of the re-examination, it has been determined that the patentability of claims 1-20 is confirmed.'”

Hamill reports, “This latest win in the ongoing saga means Apple now has a potent stick with which to beat Samsung through the courts.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Beat away with wild abandon, Apple!

We fervently hope the pain that’s eventually inflicted upon thieving Samsung will have no end.

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