Another Apple patent invalidated, sign of things to come?

Posted Dec 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm in Threads > Opinions

SO it appears another one of apple’s patents was invalidated by the USPTO. It seems to me like it is a sign of things to come and maybe the patent office isnt going to be so quick to grant apple patents and also this should be another thing to help samsung in their trial with apple that already had the one patent in question invalidated. Thoughts?

  • ndub21

    We can only hope. This patent business Apple likes to do is incredibly annoying and stifles innovation. All the manufacturers have to constantly worry about ensuring no one will sue them for their design.

    • redraider133

      I agree. I think once we can move away from the manufacturers being so worried about being sued, we as the consumers will benefit as the devices will become even better and give more options than just samsung which seems to have a stranglehold on android because they are so large and are one of the few who can go toe to toe with apple in these patent disputes

  • mckeed

    I think we need to get smarter people in the patent office to stop giving these patents in the first place.

  • BrotherBloat

    /awaiting Apple to patent the wheel… they already patented a rectangle (sic!)

  • gavinb

    I’d like to see an end to the Patent wars. Nobody is benefiting from the constant battle and drain on company resources. I appreciate that patents are important for protecting inventions but far too many have been granted for ridiculous things.

  • Teebor

    Tentatively invalidated the rubber banding effect too from an article that I read

    all I can say is GOOD, this system has been abused for too long and I would like to see more of this happening.

    We will still need to see the results of the appeal that Apple are filing in the Samsung case however

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  • gmaninvan

    I hope this a sign of things to come. I can’t believe the fact that Apple was granted such vague patents. I hope this trend continues so that competitors can continue to innovate in a less hostile environment.

    AND…Most importantly, so that smaller OEM’s can pop in to the industry and make great devices.

  • ibap

    Here’s hoping the Patent Office has at last learned how to do this type of search BEFORE they grant these kinds of patents.

    • Dradien

      Sadly, that won’t be the case. They still more or less grant patents to those that file them (unless it’s something REALLY obvious) and let the courts later sort it out if there are disputes.

      I wish the phone/tablet market could be like the car market. Not one company holds all the patients on a lot of things or just doesn’t care. How many cars some with Keyfobs? Seat Heaters? Touch Screen interfaces?

      If a car company was headed up by Mr. Jobs, as was Apple, the auto industry would be a lot different.

      I think a common pool of “obvious” or “helpful” patents/ideas that people can draw from would benefit everyone.
      Fake Edit: Also upvoted people for insightful comments!

  • cliffy223

    Its just good to know that the Government is finally starting to understand the changes in technology and how they effect business

  • Brandon Thomas

    i too am glad that this is happening. finally seems that the courts are actually looking at these topics as current, rather than putting their traditional 18th and 19th century view on a technology advancements.

  • sonicdeathmunky

    Apple tries to stay on both sides of the fence, trying to patent everything possible in order to enable it to complain about and sue everyone else, but on the other hand say that others are preventing fair and honest competition and innovation.

    I hope that Apple loses more of these patents, so that this pointless litigation ends, and everyone can get back to making increasingly better handsets!

  • Nicko01

    It’s not just Apple doing this. The patent system overall is pretty messed up. They make it easy for big companies to get hundreds of patents on simple things, but extremely difficult for individuals who actually invented something useful to get a single patent. I’m working on getting my first patent right now and I can tell you that it’s complicated, slow, and expensive.

  • kelltrash14

    Hopefully the beginning of the end of the patent wars.

  • lou2cool88

    Hopefully soon this will all be over soon. Some of those patents were awfully vague and generic