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Published on December 20th, 2012 | by Gizmodo

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Apple’s Pinch to Zoom Patent Has Been Tentatively Invalidated

Even though Apple scored a big victory against Samsung inside the court, it looks like Apple is losing its stronghold on its patents. After tentatively invalidating the ‘Steve Jobs Patent’ on multitouch , the USPTO has invalidated Apple’s ‘pinch to zoom’ patent. The ‘pinch to zoom’ patent was crucial in scoring a billion dollars off of Samsung.

Apple's Pinch to Zoom Patent Has Been Tentatively InvalidatedEven though Apple scored a big victory against Samsung inside the court, it looks like Apple is losing its stronghold on its patents. After tentatively invalidating the ‘Steve Jobs Patent’ on multitouch, the USPTO has invalidated Apple’s ‘pinch to zoom’ patent. The ‘pinch to zoom’ patent was crucial in scoring a billion dollars off of Samsung.

The WSJ reports:

Samsung, who’s on the hook for a billion dollars, is hoping this document can lead to a new trial. Apple, which has other patents tentatively invalidated, will probably have to convince the USPTO on its patent’s merit. There’s still many steps to go before the patent becomes fully invalidated but it ain’t a good first step for Apple. Also, how screwed up is the patent system if so many patents can be awarded yet invalidated upon “further reexamination”? [WSJ]

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