Oops! Apple Pinch To Zoom Patent Declared Invalid By USPTO
Key %u2018Pinch-to-zoom%u2019 Apple patent used in Samsung trial deemed invalid in USPTO reexamination.
While Apple can appeal the preliminary decision, the USPTO has declared the Apple pinch to zoom patent invalid as to all 21 claims made in the patent. Since pinch to zoom was a big part of Apple's case against Samsung, this had to be one of the reasons the Judge has denied injunctive relief to Apple, and it is a safe bet that the 915 patent invalidation will figure prominently in Samsung's appeal. The USPTO is also re-examining the "rubber banding" patent. Could it be that sanity is coming to the software patenting system? Nobody but Apple seems to be interested in stopping companies from innovating and competing in the computer industry. Now I don't have to feel guilty every time I use my index finger and my thumb to expand the text on my Android tablet.