Apple's pinch-to-zoom patent meets its second end

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Thought the Apple vs Samsung dust was beginning to clear up? Think again.

Apple has actually lost another patent pertinent to its perpetual twilight war with Samsung, once again associated with the means users interact with touchscreen devices.

This time it was UNITED STATE Patent No. 7,844,915, which explains the means an individual can ‘pinch-to-zoom’ and separates that function from scrolling.

The UNITED STATE Patent and Trademark Office stated that the function was anticipated by Patent No. 7,724,242, connecting to gestures on touch displays and submitted by W. Daniel Hillis and Bran Ferren in 2005.

The jury in the Apple-Samsung case formerly ruled that 21 of 24 Samsung gadgets in question went against Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent, so this could’ve huge ramifications because fight.

History repeats itself

This should not come as a surprise – the USPTO ‘tentatively invalidated’ this exact same Apple patent late in 2012, and this most recent statement appears to just be confirmation of that choice.

And this is not the first time this has actually happened. Last year the USPTO ruled that an Apple-owned patent relating to the ‘elastic band’ function of scrolling touchscreen gadgets was invalid too.

That patent described the means the display bounces when individuals reach completion of a page or paper, and the jury found 21 of Samsung’s gadgets infringed on it.

But that operate no longer belongs to Apple either, casting yet more uncertainty on the currently nebulous legal battle in between Apple and Samsung.

Even even more baffling is the fact that the patent obviously still stands in some nations, as a Japanese court found just last month that Samsung infringed on it.

Modern warfare

The big decision when it come to Apple vs. Samsung came last year when the jury awarded Apple more than $1.05 billion (about ₤ 688m, AU$ 1.15 b), but the fight surges on however. That amount was later sliced down to around $598.9 million (about ₤ 386m, AU$ 651m) after the judge in the case discovered the jury granted the distinction improperly.

With the USPTO tossing all kinds of wrenches in Apple’s holdings is it any wonder the two companies have been allowed to keep breaking away at each other in court?

Apple supposedly has 2 months to reply to the USPTO’s newest choice, and Apple can opt to appeal the choice and/or look for judicial review.

The 2 are due to go back to court to clear up the incorrectly calculated damages.