Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs multitouch interface patent gets new green light from U.S. Patent Office

“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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36 Comments

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

      Would this be equivalent to a “caning”, which I believe is popular over in that neck of the woods?

  1. People claim that Apple tries to patent the obvious. But the question I have for them is why didn’t the stalwarts and their established R D departments come up with that something if it was so obvious?

    Hindsight is 20/20.

      1. Hit Shamesung where it hurts: by not buying their other products. For instance, I bought a Vizio flat screen TV after deciding Shamesung’s products weren’t even an option.

        It helped that—after hours of scrutiny at the store—that Vizio’s picture was clearly superior.

        Shamesung could not possibly care less what Amercans *think* about them so long as they get our money.

        Everyone should skip the “righteous indignation” part and consistently vote with their pocketbook.

          1. (Excuse me while I wipe your spittle off the back of my computer monitor here…(

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    1. It’s only “obvious” because it is obviously the easiest, most natural way to interact with a smart device.

      FYI, had three high school football players in my van Saturday night heading home from a game. They were handing around phones (my son has an iPhone 5, other had an Android). I overheard how the swipe method of typing doesn’t work on Android, endless comments on how laggy the Android phone was (it wasn’t the newest phone, but not old either), and how it was sloooooowwwww.

      Only obvious when it works correctly.

    2. It’s obvious. That’s why everyone watching the 2007 keynote play out saw the rotary iPod phone and thought, “probably not, but close.” Then we’re completely blown away by the big screen and no keyboard.

      Then they were blown away again when Steve Jobs said that you just use your finger.

      Yeah, obvious now. Revolutionary at the time!

    1. There should be a Java issue to resolve with Android, and so far, it’s Oracle’s hand to win or loose. I am not so sure the rubber banding is included with raw Android… The icons and general look and feel are still and issue with Apple though… Remember that Android was kirfing BB before the iPhone, and then started to kirf the iPhone, after it’s announcement. Samsung and Android are made for each other, a match made in heaven.

  2. So how long does Apple have left on the life of this patent?

    Assuming the life of a patent is around 7 years, and it was granted in 2008 (maybe?)…….we have what?…….one more year????

    I am just guessing at these numbers. Hoping someone will post with more accurate dates.

    1. A patent, once issued, is good for 20 years after the application for that patent is accepted by the USPTO for filing. This changed in the past decade (don’t remember the date). Thus if a patent is accepted for filing on 1 Feb 2000, and issued a year later (1 Feb 2001) the patent is good until 1 Feb 2020.

      It used to be that a patent was good for 17 years after it was issued and you were protected as a “patent pending” while the patent application was in review. Unfortunately, large organizations with clever patent lawyers could keep something pending for many years thus extending the protection for well over two decades in total. Thus the new rule based upon the accepted filing data.

  3. *Now* is the time for Apple to release a monster phablet, and advertise it “for those of you who have grown accustomed to a giant phone, but can no longer purchase one from our patent law breaking competitors.”

    1. (BTW, I still don’t want one. The 5s will fit my pocket just fine. I don’t want to go back 20 years to the bag phone. 🙂 I always thought Apple should have run an ad suggesting a “new” accessory for the competitors, and pull out a big ol’ ’90’s style bag phone. Sorry, BLN.)

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