The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the most important gesturing inventions that define Apple's revolutionary iDevices. This is a classic patent invented by Greg Christie. We noted in a report that we posted last week that back In February 2005, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave senior software engineer Greg Christie an ultimatum to finalize the software for the upcoming iPhone or the project would go to another Apple team. Mr. Christie joined Apple in 1996 to work on the Newton and the iPhone project was important to him. The iPhone project was at that stage called project "Purple." Mr. Christie has never publicly discussed the early development of the iPhone before. Yet Apple made him available on the eve of a new patent-infringement trial against Samsung to highlight a key element of its legal strategy—just how innovative the iPhone was in 2007, when it arrived. This is one the key patents Greg Christie filed in 2007. Apple will be calling on Greg Christie to testify in their current trial against Samsung which began yesterday.
For the record, Samsung's attorney cried foul in court yesterday regarding Greg Christie's press offensive that we covered last week.
Apple Granted a Major Patent for Gestures Related to Controlling, Manipulating and Editing Media Files
Apple has been granted a major patent today that is titled "Gestures for controlling, manipulating, and editing of media files using touch sensitive devices." This is one of the original 2007 multitouch or "multipoint" gesturing patents on record. Apple's original patent is for their invention relating to a system and method of managing, manipulating, and editing media objects, such as graphical objects on a display, by using hand gestures on a touch sensitive device. In many ways it defines multitouch as we know it today for the iPhone and iPad. It's what defines Apple's revolutionary touch devices from those of the past. This could be a crucial patent in future litigation.
Apple's first of sixteen patent claims reads as follows: A method for processing touch inputs using a touch sensitive display, comprising: at a computer system with a touch sensitive display: displaying a plurality of selectable objects on the touch sensitive display; detecting a touch input on the touch sensitive display, the touch input including at least a first touchdown point and movement of the first touchdown point on the touch sensitive display; and in response to detecting the touch input: when the touch input includes a single touchdown point, identifying the touch input to be a scroll gesture and scrolling the plurality of selectable objects in accordance with the movement of the first touchdown point; and when the touch input includes the first touchdown point and a second touchdown point and movement of the first touchdown point and the second touchdown point in a same direction, identifying the touch input to be a selection gesture and selecting two or more of the plurality of selectable objects in accordance with the movement of the first touchdown point and the second touchdown point.
Some of the Classic Graphics Related to this Patent
Below you'll find some of the patent figures from Apple's classic granted patent. I could remember some of the excitement about these patent figures on the eve of Steve Jobs introducing the revolutionary iPad as if it were yesterday. We covered the images in our report series titled "Apple: The Tablet Prophecies."
Apple credits Greg Christie as the sole inventor of this major granted patent which was originally filed in Q2 2007 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent number 8,686,962.
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