Microsoft, Samsung each attempt to patent Apple’s ‘Pinch-to-Zoom’ feature

“Yesterday we covered a patent filing form Microsoft that clearly demonstrated their intentions of copying Apple’s Pinch and Zoom feature. Samsung, who is trying everything in their power to invalidate Apple’s Pinch & Zoom, is now trying to patent this all-important touchscreen feature as well,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“A new patent application published last week by the US Patent Office clearly demonstrates this fact,” Purcher reports. “With published applications from Microsoft and Samsung surfacing at the US Patent Office in the same week claiming that the Pinch & Zoom function is their own original invention is testament to how critical a feature this is for modern day touchscreen devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

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USPTO tentatively – and likely temporarily – declares Apple’s ‘pinch-to-zoom’ patent invalid – December 20, 2012
2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act made it easier to tentatively review Apple’s patents – December 20, 2012
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64 Comments

  1. From the USPTO to the circuit courts, these assclowns are treating the patent system like a rented stepchild. And the courts are perfectly content to lean back with their opposable digits firmly lodged and let them do it.

    This is a clear play by both of these companies to forge another bullshit counterclaim patent to cancel one of Apple’s biggest IP assets. It’s so bald-faced even the PTO should be able to shoot them down for the blatantly obvious circlejerks that they are.

  2. It came out of university research in the 1980s. There were demonstrations of pinch to zoom as early as 1983.

    I guess if each company implements it differently then they could well all end up with patents on their implementation.

      1. Lol I don’t know what they’d have to do in order to implement it differently but I find it funny that any of them are trying to lay claim to the idea when none of them invented it.

  3. Samsung is the K-Tel of the 21st century: “The Best Of The Beatles!” on eight-track! …then you get it home, stick it in the player and it’s a Bondo Asphalt singing “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” on banjo backed by Mantovani’s 101 Strings.

  4. Oh! That’s incoherent:

    Samsung, who is trying everything in their power to invalidate Apple’s Pinch & Zoom, is now trying to patent this all-important touchscreen feature as well

    Apple’s is invalid, so let’s patent it ourselves.

    That’s ShameScam in a nutshell. And I DO mean NUT. 😛

  5. What does it mean when one corporation can use the courts to steal the inventions of another? Is it justice to say to Apple, we have these other companies who pay us more to give them your patents, so we will. That sounds like corruption to me.

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