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Apple’s Pinch to Zoom Patent Temporarily Invalid

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Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected another one of Apple’s patents, this one being the “pinch to zoom” patent (7,844,915). ┬áLegally speaking, it is a patent that covers a programming interface that can determine whether one finger is scrolling or a different number of fingers perform another action. In English, it is a patent that determines whether or not one finger is moving on the screen or multiple fingers are moving on the screen.

This, along with the bounce-back patent being temporarily invalidated, may cause some ripples in the Samsung v. Apple trial, but because nothing is necessarily concrete, I wouldn’t be holding my breath.

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