Apple patented Multi-touch does that mean that no other phones can have touch screens

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iAppleseed, May 17, 2012.

  1. iAppleseed macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    I'm confused about this.
    Since Apple patented Multi-touch (according to Steve Jobs at the presentation of the original iPhone), does this mean that every other phone with a touch screen (Galaxy, HTC, etc), is illegal?
  2. musty345 macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I'm not familiar with this particular patent, but no it's not illegal.
    Multi-touch refers to touching several places at once, not all touch screens. And secondly, I'm sure other phone makers can just pay Apple to use the multi-touch technology (if Apple do own the patent). I might be wrong, but this is just my guess :)
  3. cperchard macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
    They probably patented it for 2 years or something....that's why the competition took a while to introduce touch screen phones with multi-touch.

    Pretty sure u cant patent something forever!
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Apple did not patent multi touch. Steve Jobs was a marketing guy and his tenichal understanding of things like multi touch was basic at best. Multi touch tech has been around since the 80's.
  5. kdarling, May 17, 2012
    Last edited: May 17, 2012

    kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Apple did not patent multi-touch, which has existed since at least the early 1980s.

    Apple didn't even get the trademark for their UI called "Multi-Touch", because Jeff Han's own multi-touch company protested to the Trademark Office in an 80 page evidence paper about how generic the phrase was in the industry.


    When Jobs gave speeches, he was more like P.T.Barnum than Moses. In other words, he was trying to sell something.

    In this case, he meant "applied for patents for various bits and pieces of the phone", including their own version of a mulit-touch screen decoder.

    Edit: I see Rodimus beat me to it.

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