Samsung Turns Tide Against Apple

Samsung Turns Tide against Apple

Pinch to Zoom Patent

When it comes to Patent litigation Apple always seems to have the better arguments and the right reason to file a lawsuit against any competitor. And,  Samsung is the best Opponent that they ever have, both were fully engaged in patent wars on several fronts since April 2011.

Just this year, Apple alleged Samsung for copying the designs of Apple’s iPhone and iPad and infringing its Intellectual Property (Technology and Interface) again, Samsung is on disavowal.

Now, Samsung has turned the tide against Apple, forefronting an appeal to  invalidate a specific feature of Apple that has been granted patent. Samsung targeted Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent, which the South Korean Company Legal Team presented in court jury, a massive touchscreen table built by Mitsubishi called the “Diamond Touch” to showcase that one of Apple’s Intellectual property should be Invalid. (See video below)

Samsung, alleging Apple that they stole the technology (Idea) when Mitsubishi Engineer, Adam Bogue presented it (Mitsubishi’s Diamond Touch) to Apple Engineers back in 2003.

But who exactly develop the pinch to zoom feature?

Source: Wikipedia “DiamondTouch technology was developed by Paul Dietz and Darren Leigh at MERL, and presented at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in 2001. The hardware complimented other Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research, including the Personal Digital Historian developed by Chia Shen and others at MERL, and led to developments in tabletop computing, shared display groupware, and touch-based interaction. While the traditional computer interfaces (consisting of a mouse, keyboard and monitor) were originally designed to support individuals, the focus was to create a new type of computer interface to support face-to-face collaboration among small groups of people.

Samsung has a strong stand against Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent, as they strongly state that it has existed long before apple has been given patent/rights thus, should be deemed invalid. The patent litigation continues and would this finally silence Apple? Or  would the court urge Apple for a settlement. As they prepare for the launch of the next generation iPhone and face people who sell iPhones and sell phones for Samsung phones.


About califaberks

Califa Berks, Writer, Blogger and Photographer (Technology)

Posted on August 16, 2012, in News, Technology and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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