http://www.patentlyapple.com/patent...tents-for-iphone-gesturing-imovie-itunes.html Apple wins major patents, including scrolling via touch-sensitive displays "The US Patent and Trademark Office [has] officially published a series of 19 newly granted patents for Apple Inc.," Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. "The notables within this group include five industrial design patents relating to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPod nano. Among the standard granted patents, we see that Apple has finally picked up two iMovie related patents that date all the way back to the year 2000 as well as one for the iTunes interface and two for LCD related technologies. Yet the one that is likely the most important for Apple today is a major motion, gesturing and touch related patent that covers all of Apple's iOS related devices that will certainly provide Apple with a larger sledgehammer going into any law suit current or future." "Apple's patent states that the motion, gesturing and touch related patent covers a handheld computer, a tablet computer, a personal digital assistant, a cellular telephone and/or a combination of two or more of these items. That's what was stated back in 2005, two years prior to the iPhone's arrival," Purcher reports. "The patent therefore, clearly covers all iOS related devices such as the iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and future related products like an iMac Touch." Purcher reports, "Apple's abstract states that 'movement of a point of contact by a user of a touch-sensitive display is determined. In response to the movement, a list of items on the touch-sensitive display is scrolled through. The scroll through is accelerated in response to an accelerated movement of the point of contact. The scroll through and acceleration of the scroll through may be in accordance with a simulation of a physical device having friction.' Purcher reports, "This is without a doubt a major cornerstone touch related patent that will assist Apple in any lawsuit relating to touch and gesturing..."