Apple Awarded Multi-Touch Patent, Let the Saber-Rattling Begin

Ainsley Jones

World of Apple reports that the company was awarded a patent number 7,479,949 from the U.S. Patent Office last Tuesday. The patent, which was filed last April, covers much of the multi-touch user interface in its iPhone.

 

Apple is prepared to defend its new patent, which could signal the end of the multi-touch war, says jkOnTheRun. According to the post, the timing of the patent couldn't come at a worse time for Palm, which wowed attendees of this year's Consumer Electronics Show with its Pre multi-touch smartphone. In fact, the saber rattling has already begun as Apple and Palm have started a war of words, notes vnunet.

 

Tim Cook, Apple's acting CEO, made comments that the company is very willing to go after anyone it feels infringes upon its intellectual property. A Palm spokesperson issued a comment saying the company was confident of defending its innovation in the mobile space.

 

Palm, of course, isn't the only company that could come under threat from Apple. Microsoft's Bill Buxton believes Apple could have a hard time proving it created multi-touch technology in a court of law and offers a history of multi-touch technology on his personal blog.



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