When viewing the bitter rivalries that have integrated in the smartphone industry between Apple and its competitors like Samsung, Google, HTC, Nokia, need only to review the patent portfolio of each company to see from where it all stems.
To indicate that the patent system broken is a different article for another day, but with Apple receiving the fund from the U.S. patent and Trademark office for documentation, rotation and scaling, it’s safe to consider that the intellectual property battles will only heighten.
Sure, in 2007, just as the iphone was introduced, Apple had to instruct the general public about things like pinching and pushing to zoom in on documents displayed on its touch screen phone.
But now, after five generations of iphones and any other number of others competing smartphones, there most likely are not many smatphone’s owner that don’t understand the process.
Also included in this patent achievement for Apple is process for scrolling through lists on a touch screen mobile phones. Again, with another process we are aware now…. Even to the point of wondering, “how could Apple patent this…. Is it not obvious?
To get the answer that question gets back to the patent system in common (which will certainly keep a heated debate), the short answer it that, whether there were devices before that could do same things, with respect to USPTO, patent application of Apple suggests a viable innovation.
Also included in this patent win for Apple is the process for scrolling through lists on a touch-screen device. Again, another process we are all familiar with — even to the point of wondering, “how could Apple patent this, isn’t it obvious?”
To answer that question gets back to the patent system in general (which would certainly include a heated debate). The short answer is that, whether or not there were devices before that could do the same thing, in the eyes of the USPTO, Apple’s patent application described a feasible innovation.
Now Android, windows Mobile and other touch screen mobile operating system for mobiles have to consider how they can deal their relationship with Apple. Can Samsung carry onto sue and countersue? Accordingly, will Google afford to step on toes of Apple?
Are we likely to see Apple go the attack with patent achievements? Let me know your ideas in the comments.