The U.S Patent and Trademark Office in a preliminary ruling invalidated U.S patent number 7,844, 915. The patent was Apple Inc.’s “Pinch to Zoom” patent that was one of the key pieces, out of six, of its intellectual property lawsuit against Samsung. The agency ruled out all claims in Apple’s patent on the primary basis that prior patents covered similar technological invention. In context, the trial is just a tip of the iceberg of the ongoing court battles between technological companies that have spewed courtrooms spanning across the globe. Of importance to note is that Apple has become an omnipresent player in these court battles; fighting both Google Inc. and Samsung.
Some of the reasons why Apple’s “pinch to zoom” patent was rejected include: