Apple Wins Broad Patent on iPhone Multi-Touch User Interface
Posted on June 22, 2011 by vincent oliver
Apple has been awarded a key patent related to the iOS user interface. The patent was originally filed in December of 2007, and incorporated several previous provisional patent applications dating back to January of 2007 when Apple first unveiled the iPhone.
From PC Magazine:
It gets quite a bit more technical in its full form, but there’s one thing patent experts consulted by PCMag agree on — Apple has been awarded an incredibly broad patent that could prove to be hugely problematic for other makers of capacitive touch-screen smartphones.
Apple’s patent essentially gives it ownership of the capacitive multitouch interface the company pioneered with its iPhone, said one source who has been involved in intellectual property litigation on similar matters.
Source: Mac Rumors