Apple Awarded Core Multitouch Patent, Android Partners Beware

By , Dec 28, 2011

Apple had a hunch that its iPhone would be popular enough with consumers to “inspire” the competition. That’s why the company was so adamant about protecting its technology in the handset, filing for over 200+ patents. But it didn’t help.

Apple’s legal team has seen mixed results in its ongoing patent war with Android manufacturers over the above-mentioned intellectual property. But the company was just awarded a core multi-touch patent that could turn the tide in its favor…

PatentlyApple is reporting that the US Patent and Trademark office awarded Apple another major patent yesterday. The invention, which Apple originally applied for back in January 2007, covers components of capacitive multi-touch panels.

“While the focus of this particular patent covers all-things related to oscillating signals and circuits, Apple states that they incorporate the content of several other major multitouch patents into this patent. Apple states that in general, multi-touch panels may be able to detect multiple touches (touch events or contact points) that occur at or about the same time, and identify and track their locations.”

Considering that nearly all Android manufacturers now use capacitive multi-touch screens in their handsets and tablets, this patent has a potential to be extremely lethal. But, as legal expert Florian Mueller points out, the moment of truth for any patent, is litigation.

And given Apple’s history of trying to stop Android partners from using its IP, you can bet we’ll get a chance to see it in action in the near future.

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  • Anonymous

    BOOM !!!

  • http://twitter.com/TheAppleution The Appleution

    Apple’s New Years Resolution for 2012? Eliminate the competition!! This must be why Andy Rubin deleted that Twitter post…he figured it was worthless.

    • Anonymous

      What twitter post did he delete?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Ochoa/100000953095775 Patrick Ochoa

    SIRI PROXY TUTORIAL!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This will piss a lot of android dorks, knowing with every droid sold, it funds apple company , LMFAO priceless

  • http://twitter.com/Asad_1nfam0us Asad Shahab Choudhry

    IN THE FACE ANDROID!!!

    • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

      In every competitions face you mean. Imagine a world with iphones only. Wouldnt be much fun eh? Thats where apple wants us to end up in

  • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

    Another stupid patent. Touching a surface with more then 1 finger. Maybe i should just switch to windows mobile and leave this filthy war behind. Maybe grab my old nokia 6510 from the storage room

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shu-Tse/100003031122741 Shu Tse

      Actually, it was a big hurdle for touchscreens and an interesting read.

    • Anonymous

      You should note that the intense technology behind such simple tasks are arduous and people wouldn’t want others copying their software.

      • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

        Only issue is that apple wants to completely cripple the competition instead of just charging a fee for each phone. Most companies are only interested in $$$. If anyone use their tech, they sure want to be paid for it. Thats completely understandable. But trying to remove the competition is just filthy. Steve jobs own words to take down android no matter what. It just sad

      • Anonymous

        I think some nasty business happened between steve jobs and eric schmidt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Desiree-Sexton-Kimmel/100001248735309 Desiree Sexton Kimmel

    I own an HTC EVO and I love it! I know so many people that have IPhones and all they do is complain about their phone, something no working right, reception is bad, phone constantly cuts off on them, their internet stops working ect.. I have never had any of those issues with my Android, my phone works perfectly every time.

    Desiree Kimmel
    Iowa

    • Anonymous

      Yet they chose not to get an android. Android is sluggish, even sluggish on my S2. But the only thing i like is the screen.

      • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

        If your s2 is sluggish then something is wrong with it. Lil brothers s2 works just fine

  • Anonymous

    Only windows and iOS left huh. doesn’t matter, both are great.