Apple's 'Pinch-to-Zoom' Patent Rejected by USPTO
Depending on how you feel about Apple's role in the technology industry, a potentially major decision has been made to help or hurt the industry. My own belief is that this helps the industry. As reported by PCWorld, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected Apple's claim to a patent on 'pinch-to-zoom.'
This patent was one of those Apple brought Samsung to trial for, which ultimately saw Apple winning, but is now the second of those patents the USPTO has decided to invalidate. The first being the 'overscroll-bounce' patent. The reason for this decision is that its 21 claims could be anticipated from previous patents or are simply unpatentable.
The fallout of this decision is hard to predict at the moment, especially as Apple has multiple avenues to appeal the decision, which could lead to the decision being reversed and the patent being verified. For the time being though, you can be certain that Samsung lawyers are drafting arguments for why the damages they are supposed to pay to Apple should be lessened after the trial last August.