Initial USPTO Ruling Invalidates Apple's Pinch-to-Zoom Patent

Posted December 20, 2012 at 2:49am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 4662 views

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a preliminary ruling that rejects Apple's 'pinch-to-zoom' patent upon re-examination, reports the WSJ.

The agency rejected all claims in Apple's patent on Wednesday, according to a document issued by the patent office that was filed by Samsung in federal court in San Jose, Calif. The document lists portions of the patent that were struck down on reexamination, on the basis that prior patents covered the same inventions.

The patent office said that in order for the Apple's claims to be valid, they must be considered patentable despite any "prior art patent and printed publication cited." In a detailed report, the agency said they did not.


Samsung says this development supports its request for a new trial, a request that was already rejected by Judge Koh. If the decision does become final, and Apple doesn't appeal or loses an appeal, a new trial phase could be necessary to adjust damages.

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Yalesky - December 21, 2012 at 4:14am
Apple owns us patent burou
Rick - December 21, 2012 at 1:17am
Losers...they are gonna loose each of lawsuit... Apple hasn't learnt anything since its Microsoft lawsuit days...idiots...
fah-Q - December 20, 2012 at 7:40pm
I don't know anything about law. I'm just an idiot flapping my jaw. Anyway, how could pinch to zoom be patented? Clearly it isn't, but they wanted to. On a touch screen device without pinching to zoom what other way could you zoom? It would greatly limit competition, I think, and hurt consumers, I think, if Apple were the only ones allowed to pinch to zoom. But then I guess they would license the patent out so...oh well. I'm posting not deleting. Good day.
Samsuck - December 20, 2012 at 6:17pm
When Apple (or rather, the company that Apple bought over) came out with the multi touch gesture, it was indeed groundbreaking and revolutionary! The patent, in my view, was rightly awarded. Then every mother-f.ing company copied the idea. Apple sued these companies, but the jurisdiction process is painfully slow! Now, before the first law suit even came to conclusion, every phones had already came with similar multi touch gesture. The patent is so widely copied that it no longer functions as a patent. The law is incompetent and failed to protect a patent, and Apple has to pay for it.
Swag - December 20, 2012 at 4:14am
Apple has the touch gestures pretty much perfect. Samsung, no, just no.
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