Apple Awarded Touch Screen Patent

Figure 5B from Apple's iPhone Touch technology patent

Apple has been awarded a patent for touch-screen technologies as seen in the iPhone. The patent, ‘Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for translating displayed content‘ was first filed in 2007 with some technology writers complaining that the patent is too broad.

The patent includes touchscreen gestures and UI elements used in the touchscreen environment, for example a virtual on-screen click-wheel. PC Mag published a counterpoint that the patent was too broad after criticisms of their original article which was titled as having ‘a huge blow to rival smartphone makers.’

Meanwhile, Samsung has been denied previews of the upcoming iPad 3 and iPhone 5 devices. Samsung made the request to ensure that the final look of their devices were not the same as Apple. Apple had previously asked to see upcoming Samsung devices including new versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S according to Engadget.

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