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Multitouch
by vivainio on Sat 30th Oct 2010 22:27 UTC
vivainio
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2008-12-26

As usual, these patents seem to be trivial software patents (that can probably be invalidated by Motorola et al).

However, this is weird:

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?patentnumber=7,663,607

Does Apple really own a patent for multitouch screen?

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RE: Multitouch
by Elv13 on Sun 31st Oct 2010 03:27 in reply to "Multitouch"
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2006-06-12

Yes, there was a video when they registered the patent back in 2005 on Google Video (defunct?). They explained the patent. So they got one. I don't know if there is prior art.

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RE[2]: Multitouch
by Neolander on Sun 31st Oct 2010 06:50 in reply to "RE: Multitouch"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Yes, there was a video when they registered the patent back in 2005 on Google Video (defunct?). They explained the patent. So they got one. I don't know if there is prior art.

Well, there is prior art for resistive multitouch screens, I'm sure of that. Capacitive screens I'm not sure, but I can't see where Apple could have done that amount of research in hardware.

In most post-2000 Apple products, the brand's contribution was in exterior product design and software, except for very simple tricks like the shuffle's infamous idea of putting a remote on the earphone wire. In the first well-known use of capacitive sensing, the iPod's clickwheel, it was Synaptics who worked on the thing. I can't think of an example of Apple working on any other hardware than their product's enclosure since ages ago, back in the days of Steve Wozniak and the original Macintosh project. If they actually came up with capacitive multitouch on their own, it's a premiere in their recent history, and it's impressive that they managed to do it right. Maybe they hired the inventor of the product in time, like with LLVM ?

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RE: Multitouch
by ndrw on Sun 31st Oct 2010 07:22 in reply to "Multitouch"
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

Look at the list of references. Whatever was disclosed in these documents is not part of this patent (even if it managed to slip into some broad sounding claims).

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RE: Multitouch
by WereCatf on Sun 31st Oct 2010 10:50 in reply to "Multitouch"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Does Apple really own a patent for multitouch screen?

Yes, one of them. However I am quite sure there exists lots of prior art, well enough to invalidate that patent if it were ever taken to court. Thus it's in Apple's interests to threaten others with a large bunch of patents at once so as to get a settlement before the matter is taken to courts, otherwise they'd be in a high risk of losing several of their patents.

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