Friday, January 30, 2009

Apple Awarded Multitouch Patent

If you loved when MS patented Page Up/Page Down, you'll love to hear what Apple just got: a patent on multitouch gestures.

You can now understand why they've been throwing threats left and right.

If you want to implement swipes, pinch, and rotation in your project (basically all the gestures everyone grew used to since the iPhone first showed up) you better think twice, as you'll likely receive a letter from Apple.

I do understand that companies need to protect their intellectual property, but when it comes to patenting keyboard presses, double clicking on a mouse button, and a gesture done on a touchscreen... I think this has gone too far.

Just in case, I guess I'll apply for a patent on the method of staring at an object and receiving visual information through your eyes... Meaning: if you're reading this, you owe me some serious money.

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