Today, Network World decided to run a headline that reads "US patent office rejects claims of Apple 'pinch to zoom' patent." Of course that's only true in part, as Apple has 60 days to appeal the ruling. Is this a case of Déjà vu? Yes, more than likely.
In December 2012 we posted a report titled "Cries of Apple's Patents Being Found Invalid a Nice Pipe Dream," where we laid out the historical facts behind companies winning reversals on appeal with the US Patent and Trademark Office being very high. The report was in context with Apple's rubber banding patent being deemed invalid by the US Patent Office. In the end, the US Patent Office reversed that decision. So the rubber banding patent stands as valid.
So has Apple really lost their "pinch to zoom" patent in their case with Samsung? No. That ruling isn't official until Apple has exhausted their appeals process and until that occurs, the pinch to zoom patent stands as valid in the courts.
Yet that hasn't stopped whiny Samsung from making that claim to the court that the pinch to zoom is invalid, according to documents filed by the South Korean company in a U.S. federal court.
This is a crucial patent and key feature that Apple invented for devices with a multitouch display. Companies like Samsung just decided to copy this feature so that their smartphones could have some functionality duplicating Apple's famed iPhone experience. And although Apple and Microsoft have a cross licensing deal, they're still trying to secure a patent about this all important feature known as "Pinch to Zoom."
Time will tell how this plays out in the future. But those claiming that Apple's "Pinch to Zoom" patent is invalid, as in permanently, are only telling you a half-truth. While it may plays well in the Android Camp this morning, it's likely to be a short lived victory.