Good to see some sense prevailing with all the generic, obvious patents Apple continuously applies for:
A key patent that Apple successfully used against Samsung in its multibillion-dollar courtroom brawl earlier this year is at risk following a re-examination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
All 21 claims of U.S. patent No. 7,844,915 -- also known as the "pinch to zoom" patent -- were rejected by the Patent Office today, following a re-examination.
The decision comes weeks after the Patent Office tentatively invalidated another Apple software patent covering the rubber-banding effect found on iOS. Like the pinch-to-zoom patent, it too was used successfully against Samsung as part of the same lawsuit. Unrelated, but more recent, was another Apple patent covering touch-screen technology, which was deemed invalid by the Patent Office.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57560112-37/key-apple-patent-used-against-samsung-under-fire/
It makes me wonder why these patents aren't properly screened before they are granted instead of after they're used in litigation and someone actively points out their invalidity.
Hopefully this kind of thing starts happening a lot more, especially to patent trolls like Uniloc, the company that sued the Minecraft and X-Plane developers for the stupidly obvious patent to “require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application.”