Thanks to a patent filed three years ago but recently validated, Apple becomes the owner of a technology used by many smartphone manufacturers.
While the first generation iPhone had been around for a few months, Apple requested the registration in December 2007 of a patent relating to gestures used on a touch screen and therefore on the iPhone, the first smartphone marketed to use multitouch technology.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office took some time to validate this patent since it was only approved last week by this organization.
This patent includes all the gestures used by multitouch technology: scrolling by sliding the finger, enlarging by pinching, etc. All of these gestures now belong to Apple.
Smartphone manufacturers are therefore now potentially worried since the Cupertino company would now be able to claim user rights, since most of them use the same gesture as on the iPhone.
It remains to be seen how Apple will decide to react following this patent validation. In any case, the Cupertino company has one more weapon – and not the least – in its legal battles between certain manufacturers.
We discuss it on the forum.
(Via PatentlyApple )