A year after trial, USPTO knocks out Apple’s “pinch to zoom” patent

8 10 2013
The aftermath of last year’s blockbuster Apple v. Samsung patent trial is playing out slowly but acrimoniously, with no signs of settlement on the horizon. There’s been a steady drip of developments over the past year that have generally favored Samsung—most notably, US District Judge Lucy Koh’s order that a retrial must be held on damages. That retrial could slash Apple’s billion-dollar payday by up to $450 million.Sunday night, Samsung lawyers filed an order just out from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that renders invalid one of Apple’s key patents, No. 7,844,915, the so-called “pinch to zoom” patent. It’s definitely a setback for Apple, which presented “pinch to zoom” at last year’s trial as one of the innovations that was ripped off by a wide array of Samsung phones.


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