iphone pinch to zoom

As you know, in a retrial last week a jury of six women and two men determined that Samsung owes Apple $290 million for lifting patented iPhone technologies, bringing the total amount of damages to $929 million versus the original $1.05 billion ruling. The South Korean Galaxy maker has immediately filed a motion to delay the payout on the grounds of reevaluation of the validity of the Apple patent No. 7,844,915, which covers the famous pinch-to-zoom gesture.

The presiding Judge Lucy Koh denied Samsung motion’s last night as she appeared concerned about the potential implications of such ruling, including whether granting a stay would unethically favor Apple…

Patent blogger Florian Müeller writes on his blog, FOSS Patents:

Samsung lawyers untruthfully said that Apple’s only procedural option left (in order to salvage the patent) was a notice of appeal, but Apple pointed in its response to what the actual USPTO communication said, which was the opposite, and said Samsung’s stalling strategy had “crossed the bounds of reason”.

Late co-founder Steve Jobs rather aggressively sought to protect Apple’s pinch-to-zoom implementation on mobile devices, one of trademark iPhone features, even demanding that Google refrain from implementing pinch-zooming on early versions of the Android software.

Here’s Koh’s ruling.

However, the United States Patent and Trademark Office last July denied the ‘915 patent following a preliminary rejection in December 2012 so Samsung hoped that bringing this fact to light would improve its chances for a retrial. Judge Koh has now largely shattered those dreams to pieces.

The ’915 patent played a big role in the Apple v. Samsung trial as all but two Samsung devices were found to infringe it. Furthermore, it’s the only patent for which Apple can demand damages over lost revenue and Samsung told Koh it can’t be held responsible for violating an invalid patent.

A ‘915 patent reexamination will still take place and Koh said Apple can file an appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board or the Federal Circuit.

Samsung, on the other hand is free to appeal the district court ruling, including the validity of the ‘915 patent. If the Federal Circuit overrules the district court on any of the underlying liability findings from the first trial, Müeller explains, there will be a complete retrial involving all infringing products.

  • At

    How many times does the courts have to say the indeed stole the design and have to pay before Samsung pays up. All this is doing is hurting their name over a small amount of money compared to what they make. Everyone knows the copied Apple, just pay the fine and move on.

    • hkgsulphate

      and they copied not just Apple

  • From one trial to another…the dog fight never ends. Even if Apple actually invented pinch-zoom, doubt they’ll break their thinking different policy (http://bit ly/TAEOv2) of not licensing such technology to competitors…

    • Rowan09

      The problem isn’t about licensing it to competitors, it’s not every patent that is considered an “Industry essential patent”. Apple can keep a certain patent to itself for technical advantage. This is the same reason they at first told Google want they could and couldn’t use in their OS. As time went on Google used things without permission and that’s why Jobs made that going nuclear statement against Android because of stolen property.

      • There are many ways to zoom (+- buttons, tilt zoom, etc), but there’s no doubt pinch zoom is the most convenient and most practical. We’ll probably never have seen technology and competition grow this big and reasonably priced had competitors listened to capitalist Apple…

      • Rowan09

        I totally disagree. Apple doesn’t care about being the only competitor if they did they would have made IOS available to every manufacturer to control the market. Without IOS there definitely would be the Android phones we see today and without the military from an article I read earlier this year Apple probably wouldn’t have the tech to make the iPhone.

      • Antzboogie

        They are basically doing this already by flooding their phone to every carrier literally.

      • Rowan09

        Carriers want the iPhone because it brings them money. Apple doesn’t and has never cared being the most popular the iPod change Apple being a cool company no one besides professionals cared about Apple products. Apple offers 2 new phone models if you want to call the 5c new so that’s not flooding the market, it’s called staying competitive. Carriers want the iPhone so I don’t see why they would turn down a carrier when it means more money in their pockets.

  • Hyr3m

    The Christian method Rule # 1 : Never proof-read your article, not even the title

  • chiraagnt

    Samsun*g*.. Typo

  • vs511

    ‘Samsun’ seems be a new company in the business.

  • appleyay

    samsung sucks