Today finally after three and a half years Apple is awarded with U.S. patent number 7,966,578. In 2007 Apple had applied for the patents for Multi-Touch interface according to pcmag. Reports also claim that the Patent granted to Apple is so strong that Apple can kick any cellular company from the U.S Market.
The patents include:
“[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.”
Apple’s patent essentially gives it ownership of the capacitive multitouch interface the company pioneered with its iPhone, said one source who has been involved in intellectual property litigation on similar matters. That’s likely to produce a new round of lawsuits over the now-ubiquitous multitouch interfaces used in smartphones made by the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nokia, and others that run operating systems similar in nature to Apple’s iOS, like Google’s Android, said the source, who asked not to be named.
After Apple has finally got the patents, So it will be like a King in front of another companies and this can be a great threat to its rivals.It will go after companies and ask them to register for the license of the Technology they got.
Apple could conceivably restrict makers of touchscreen smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices from selling their products in the U.S. More likely is that Apple would reach a settlement with such competitors and start licensing its patented technology for a tidy new income stream.
Apple will be partying hard today. What about its rivals ?