Apple patents Multi-touch Technology, Are Competitors Allowed to License It?

Apple launched the first capacitive touch screen iPhone model in 2007 and blew the world away. The smartphone was highly praised for its well-designed screen and user-friendly interface which made competitors rush to manufacture displays using similar technologies.

 

Apple has recently been granted the patent for the multi-touch technology used in all its products, although the company has been using it for many years. This patent will be very useful in the near future when Apple decides to demand money from competitors that use the technology for their own terminals.

It appears that the American tech giant has found a new revenue source.

”A computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, 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”, the patent reads.

Samsung, HTC, Nokia, RIM and Motorola are just some of the tech giants that are using the multi-touch technology for the manufacturing of their own terminals and Apple will probably file a trial against them in order to force them to license its technology. This patent represents a weapon Apple will definitely use in the court of law, but it is up to US courts to decide whether Apple is rightfully using the patent or not.

Multi-touch technology has revolutionized the manner in which consumers use mobile handsets. The technology has become so popular that it is impossible to image a smartphone without a multi-touch display.

One thought on “Apple patents Multi-touch Technology, Are Competitors Allowed to License It?”

  1. While Apple sells products to its customers google sells its customers to products. Android dorks are like religious zealots who resort to logical fallacies to prove their religion is better. IOS is a much more mature and stable platform than Android and therefore does everything  better than any Android phone. And most loosers buy an Android just because it is cheaper and no other reason. Besides isn’t Andriod just an illegal piracy of  Linux and Java and Iphone UI? People who really care about open source should hate Android just for the reason that it steals credit from Linux and Java communities.
    Google fans make no mention of the fact that it remotely reads users mail and serves up ads that are correlated to the content. 
    Like that? I don’t. But then as Google’s Eric Schmidt put it, if you have
    nothing to hide, why are you averse to having your personal files read by all
    and sundry? Had someone asked Schmidt if he was willing to sleep with his
    partner in public, he probably would have backed down – but then the Google
    faithful only stand in awe when such pronouncements are made. For them, Google can do no wrong. Even when it sends Google Street cars to steal personal information from unsuspecting wifi users. Google has criminal charges filed against it for this. 

    Actually the only people who love Andriod are those who love to steal music and applications and find it difficult to do that on IOS and therefore complain
    that it is a closed platform. Apple promotes innovation and rewards its
    innovative developers, who have made billions while Andriod developers make
    next to nothing.

    Andriod is a platform by the thieves, of the thieves and for the thieves.

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