Apple Strengthens Invention Claims With ‘Steve Jobs Patent’ Confirmation
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) claims to some important smartphone features were recently strengthened when the United States Patent and Trademark Office confirmed all twenty claims found in the so-called “Steve Jobs patent,” reports Foss Patents. The patent’s claims were anonymously challenged last year and were initially declared invalid by the USPTO in a preliminary reexamination.
However, a final reexamination determined that all of the claims outlined in the “Steve Jobs patent” were valid. The patent is commonly referred to as the “Steve Jobs patent” because the Apple co-founder is listed as one of the inventors.
The patent titled, “Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics,” covers various multi-touch methods and features found on many touchscreen devices. Foss Patents noted that Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) were most likely behind the anonymous challenge to Apple’s patent.