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  • All Your Base Belong To Us: Apple Granted Touch Screen Patent, Everyone Else Screwed



    Apple was granted the holy grail of smartphone patents today: a patent on touch screens.

    Thats like owning a patent on water in Africa.

    Apple was finally granted US patent number 7966578 nearly three years after filing for it. They've been awarded control over:

    [a] computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, [that] comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display.
    If you read that as I did, Apple now has full ownership of the "capacitive multitouch interface," otherwise known as "the input method every smartphone manufacturer worth a damn uses."

    Apple essentially can now sue the pants off all its competitors, which is everyone else in the mobile computing industry. HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and Nokia are all at Apple's mercy. The large settlement that Apple forked over to Nokia to license certain mobile technologies is going to look like a pitance compared to what Apple will be able to do.

    In a worst case scenario Apple could eliminate capacitive touch screens from all their competitors phones, creating a shocking monopoly in the realm of touch interfaces. Or they could license out the technology, and make money off of every phone their competitors sell, and charge a premium at that.

    Money may not grow on trees, but with this new patent Apple will likely run out of the trees necessary to print money before this well dries up.

    Source: PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Article: All Your Base Are Belong To Us: Apple Granted Touch Screen Patent, Everyone Else Screwed started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. neonsector's Avatar
      neonsector -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      This is EPIC!!! Hahahaha

      Game over "iPhone killers" - I'm so tired of hearing this phrase.
      twice in the same post troll. gg
    1. korbyn8495's Avatar
      korbyn8495 -
      How would that make sense? That's like breaking a law, before the law exists?
      Wouldn't they be ok since they made the phones before the patent was finalized?
    1. chhay's Avatar
      chhay -
      unbelievable, nokia is in the mobile phone game 5 times longer than apple,
      and apple only take less than 5 years to take out all of big mobile phone companies.

      but the world is going to end in 2012 anyway, theres no point of suing each other
    1. Quaddy's Avatar
      Quaddy -
      BS! apple cannot be granted sole rights over touch screens. i will be willing to eat my very wooly beanie hat if this is the case.
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      ******* Apple. Rule out the competition and Apple will less likely see the need to add new features etc.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Damn son!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Please read the full patent. Especially you Philip Swanson. Way to blow something way way way outta proportion.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Very interesting...but I wonder how comprehensive this patent is. Does Apple have a patent on just THEIR touchscreen technology, or all of it? I've played with several Droid phones and their touch screen interface is nowhere near as solid as as Apple's. It's actually one of the reasons I chose to stick with the iPhone when I got my iPhone 4.

      *EDIT: Sorry, I see this has been addressed. On another note, is anyone else having a hard time getting all the comments to load when clicking on an article? When I first clicked on this one it only displayed the first comment (which is why I posted what I posted). When I went back to the MMi main page it said their were 28 replies. I had to click on several links and do a couple of reloads in order to display all the comments. It's like a weird scavenger hunt.
    1. sstangle73's Avatar
      sstangle73 -
      Here is a video actually describing the patent
      YouTube - ‪Apple Patent 7,966,578‬‏

      the article took the first part of the patent's abstract completely out of context and didnt read the second part . . . .
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Money doesnt grow on trees, its made of cotton...
    1. Jcbzr's Avatar
      Jcbzr -
      Let's see which company comes out with holographic projections next.
    1. Jbrooks424's Avatar
      Jbrooks424 -
      U mad bro???
    1. mrrippey's Avatar
      mrrippey -
      I thought the deal Apple struck with Nokia was lucrative to Nokia (as a nice revenue stream) but this one for Apple may even trump that....wow.
    1. alien mars18's Avatar
      alien mars18 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mrrippey View Post
      I thought the deal Apple struck with Nokia was lucrative to Nokia (as a nice revenue stream) but this one for Apple may even trump that....wow.
      Not even. This is a very specific patent, while Nokia has patents that without agreement, apple wouldn't be (legally) able to make a functional phone.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Man the author really needs to revise this post. And MMi really needs to fix this issue of only 1 comment being displayed when clicking on the story from the front news feed page. Some articles show all comments while others show only the first 1 or 2. It makes no sense whatsoever.

      *edit* and the title's not even right. It's "All your base are belong to us" in the original incorrect video game translation.
    1. topless1967stang's Avatar
      topless1967stang -
      Must be a good time to buy Apple stock huh?
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by didupart13 View Post
      wow
      thats all i can say as well my friend.
    1. PolishHacker's Avatar
      PolishHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by topless1967stang View Post
      Must be a good time to buy Apple stock huh?
      Of Course, I went out and bought 10 Shares
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      This is NOT good. Not as good as you think anyway. The more it costs others to license their products the more they cost and the less they are willing to continually research and develop because they have to "Pay the apple tax" to do so. Competition is best and when Apple secures these things it LOOKS good for Apple, but it is not something that produces a positive effect for consumers.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      This is NOT good. Not as good as you think anyway. The more it costs others to license their products the more they cost and the less they are willing to continually research and develop because they have to "Pay the apple tax" to do so. Competition is best and when Apple secures these things it LOOKS good for Apple, but it is not something that produces a positive effect for consumers.
      Again, this patent isn't really going to affect anybody. It applies only to multi-finger touches controlling a window within the overall browser window without affecting the zoom or position of the overall browser window.