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Patent Office Wakes Up to Find Apple’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Patent is Completely Invalid

Apple’s vaunted “Steve Jobs” patent – that has been used in most of its litigations against other companies  -  claiming patent of a “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics,” has been ultimately held invalid on all 20 claims in a preliminary reexamination by the United States Patent Office.

 

Though the patent may survive in an amended form, it seems, the opinion of Florian Mueller of the FOSS PATENTS blog may at last find vindication.

 

Mueller, an award-winning patent lawyer, first reported the news on his blog, and he holds that the key multitouch patent of Apple, the ‘949 patent,  “seeks to monopolize the right to solve a problem as opposed to a specific solution.”



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Mueller notes that challenges against the ‘949 patent owned by Apple had been ignored by the USPTO, almost like an established tradition. In 2010 a re-examination request of the patent was denied by the USPTO.

 

New requests for re-examination ultimately woke up the USPTO, to make a preliminary finding, that the patent is deemed invalid in its entirety, completely rejecting all claims to the “Steve Jobs Patent.”

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  • Andy

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  • techgirl316

    Samsung took a lot of bad wraps for this supposed patent of Steve Jobs. Where these companies don’t get it is to make a limited edition phone where all carriers collaborate and sell a phone that can be used by ANY provider. That way you let the consumer be the judge. All we want is a phone with quad cores, 10 Mega pixel or higher, Key Lime Pie operating system with the ability to toggle your screen from an Apple system to Android. After all these patent suits are a waste and consumers will buy what is good and/or sound off if it not.

  • Android User

    Go Android! Down with Apple!

  • Robert Miley

    “SNAP”!!!!

    Whoa, what does Apple do now? Do they refund all monies paid to Apple already for the violation?

    How much does their stock fall Monday, damn why oh why did not buy Apple shorts yesterday???

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  • @NJDevilNYGuy

    Great news for Android & Windows Phone users. Those still chugging the CrApple Kool-Aid should go to their local cell phone store immediately to get a taste of the palate-cleanser known as Windows Phone 8.