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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid 247

An anonymous reader writes "Apple's most famous multitouch software patents are increasingly coming under invalidation pressure. First the rubber-banding patent and now a patent that Apple's own lawyers planned to introduce to a Chicago jury as 'the Jobs patent.' U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949 covers a method for distinguishing vertical and horizontal gestures from diagonal movements based on an initial angle of movement. For example, everything up to a slant of 27 degrees would be considered vertical or horizontal, and everything else diagonal. The patent office now seems to think that Apple didn't invent the concept of 'heuristics' after all."
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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid

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  • by Xenx ( 2211586 ) on Friday December 07, 2012 @09:17PM (#42222065)
    Err.. Apple wanted to call it the Jobs patent, but were denied. How is it Slashdot's fault for actually referring to it as the Jobs patent?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07, 2012 @09:25PM (#42222129)

    Here's a sample:
    Rubbish. Here’s our own government handing the keys to our future economic prosperity over to Korea wholesale.

    The sound of the jobs being flushed down the toilet may be your own.

    Friday, December 7, 2012 - 5:53 pm Reply
    Agreed. All this hard work from Apple invalidated giving the green light to slavishly copy them. The US is heading down irrelevancy by its own government.


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  • by Noir Angellus ( 2740421 ) on Friday December 07, 2012 @09:55PM (#42222311)

    That's probably what killed him.

    (Too soon?)

    Not soon enough! Jobs was a class 'A' douche-bag. He openly flaunted patents, stole IP (every "original" design he ever produced or commissioned was a direct copy of an existing item from another company, Baun suffered greatly from this []) and bullied countless REAL innovators out of business. The only "multi-touch" he ever created was what he did to customers' wallets, or it would be if screwing idiots over was anything remotely original. Jobs also abandoned and denied paternity of his first child and summarily ended all philanthropic programs (that's charity if anyone is wondering) sponsored by Apple when he took control. The only thing he ever achieved personally was to make sure anyone wearing a turtle neck (skivvy in local parlance) look like even more of a douche. What did Jobs ever do to us? He screwed us. All of us. Even those who have never and will never buy any iShit suffer because of what he's done to the industry as a whole.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07, 2012 @10:09PM (#42222399)
  • by Tough Love ( 215404 ) on Friday December 07, 2012 @10:15PM (#42222431)

    For a while Steve Jobs made his living peddling "blue boxes" that got free long distance calls by hacking the telco switching equipment. He even stole money from his friend Steve Wozniak. [] And made a habit of parking in the handicap space. And smelled bad, which is some kind of crime against those in the immediate vicinity.

  • by __aaltlg1547 ( 2541114 ) on Friday December 07, 2012 @10:19PM (#42222445)

    back to doing what made them the company they are now: Fucking over their customers based on the whim of a man child!

    Some of us actually remember when Apple introduced the Apple II, the Lisa, the (original) Macintosh, iPads and iPhones rather than having to be told of these ancient things by our elders.

    Each of those products represented a significant improvement in both quality and capabilities of consumer electronics. However, they didn't break much new ground. Their specialty was always making tech accessible to the mass market.

  • by mcguyver ( 589810 ) on Friday December 07, 2012 @10:33PM (#42222515) Homepage
    Yea, what a douche. Blue boxes were created to explore phone networks. Selling them for the sole purpose of putting money in your own pocket makes you a douche.
  • arctan(1/2) (Score:5, Informative)

    by tepples ( 727027 ) <{tepples} {at} {}> on Friday December 07, 2012 @10:52PM (#42222599) Homepage Journal
    I'd bet it's actually an arctan(1/2) angle, which would lead to an efficient implementation: if abs(rise)/abs(run) is within the range [0.5 ... 2.0], it's diagonal.
  • by meerling ( 1487879 ) on Friday December 07, 2012 @11:01PM (#42222625)
    More like 'Exploit'. The phone systems then used specific tones to control it. Those 'blue boxes' just repeated the tone used to activate an authorization for a no charge long distance call. Those boxes weren't even doing anything new, as the specific tone was well know to the phreak community and hackers in general. One gained the handle of "Captain Crunch" because he found out that the whistles that came in Captain Crunch cereal at that time produced that specific tone and could be used to activate free calls. Steve Jobs merely tread upon a road well worn by those that came before, and he charged as much money as he could to those who weren't in the know.
  • by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Friday December 07, 2012 @11:31PM (#42222765) Journal

    I wonder how these "patent examiners" live with their mediocrity? I'm envisioning Amadeus' Salieri...

    In the past, like many government bodies, the Patent and Trademark Office was underfunded/understaffed.
    This meant the Examiners didn't have enough time to do the job expected of them and meet their targets.

    When Obama signed the America Invents Act, he changed the USA from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system.
    The law also changed how the Patent Office is funded. Previously, Congress got all the patent filing fees, then gave the PTO whatever they felt like.
    Now, the PTO sets its own fees and any fees beyond the Congressional allocation are placed into escrow, instead of the general fund.
    This means that Congress can no longer siphon off the PTO's fees for other projects and the PO can try to get the funds re-allocated later.

    TLDR: The Patent Office was wildly underfunded/understaffed and the situation should improve sooner rather than later.

  • There is no rational definition under which Apple is losing anything right now.

    Umm, they lost $35B in market cap just a couple of days ago. That's something. Their stock is down about 23% from a couple of moths ago. They're losing something.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 08, 2012 @02:29AM (#42223475)

    That story really puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

    Woz: A brilliant engineer and a genuinely good person.

    Jobs: A liar who will happily screw over even his closest friends to make a buck.

    Which one does the media celebrate?

    Jobs did this to a lot of people, often to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. For awhile his trick was insisting that a written contract was unnecessary and would get in the way of friendly future business relationships, but that he'd guarantee if person X delivered Y, Jobs would compensate him with Z. Then when Y was delivered Jobs would say that there was no way he would have made such an arrangement and that X was up shit creek without a contract.

  • by SnapShot ( 171582 ) on Saturday December 08, 2012 @09:16AM (#42224527)

    "We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil", Donald Knuth

"my terminal is a lethal teaspoon." -- Patricia O Tuama