Apple's Massive 'Steve Jobs Patent' for the iPhone Reconfirmed in its Entirety

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in response to a challenge preliminarily invalidated the so-called "Steve Jobs patent", a massive 364-page patent with 293 pages of drawings dating back to September 2006 and covering many details of the original iPhone. Steve Jobs is listed as the first of over two dozen inventors on the patent, and it is considered perhaps the most famous of his over 300 credited patents.

    But as noted by FOSS Patents, the USPTO has now completed its reexamination of the patent and ruled that all twenty claims have been confirmed as patentable, significantly strengthening a patent that has been used against several of Apple's competitors in court.
    A number of Apple's key patents have been challenged for reexamination as its competitors have sought to derail Apple's claims against them in various court battles. While the USPTO has issued preliminary "first office actions" invalidating those patents in some cases, Apple has been successful in arguing its case and ultimately restoring the validity of at least the most important claims of those patents. In an example from earlier this year, a key claim of Apple's "rubber banding" patent used against Samsung was confirmed after having been preliminary invalidated last year.

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  2. guitarman777 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    Glad to see credit being returned to where it's due.
  3. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
  4. musika macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
    Looking back at it all, the iPhone is so incredible. Even the first one from almost 7 years ago still blows my mind. I'm glad that I've been alive to see this kind of stuff.
  5. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Nice, not sure what it really means, but seems pretty awesome that it was restored in full.
  6. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Scott Forstall is the #2 listed inventor. I know it sounds conspiracy nutty but I still think Scott wasn't 'forced out' but strategically put out for a 'time in the wilderness' so he can return later (if Apple gets off track, like in the 90's) as Steve Jobs #2, returning to fix the mess.

    Or if they don't go off track, they are fine. They just have a plan either way.

    I know. Nutty.
  7. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    LOL, love your post. Might be time for you to have your coffee. :D
  8. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    I'm assuming this is not the bounce back/rubber banding patent but something different?
  9. 2bikes macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    This is like Star Wars. We watched episodes IV - VI. And now we will see I - III.
  10. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    Whoo-hoo! Big win for Apple! Steve Jobs would be proud!
  11. bloggerblog macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    7 years is just ridiculously long. I hope Apple can use this to smack Samsung up the head.
  12. Shasterball macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    This doesn't make the patent "stronger," so it may be best to correct that error. But it is a strategic victory for sure.
  13. Edsel macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2010
    Over There
    Remember when tin-cans on a string was a remarkable device?
  14. elvetio macrumors member

    May 29, 2012
  15. TMay macrumors 68000

    Dec 24, 2001
    Carson City, NV
    What it means:

    Android isn't and won't continue being "free".

    (MS, Nokia, and Apple and others have lots of non-SEP iP that is being/could be licensed or otherwise give a better experience on MS/Nokia and Apple)
  16. tmoney468 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2007
    Ive is the new Steve
  17. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    7 years? Wow...glad its finally over and a decision was made in favor of the true innovators here. :)
  18. Shasterball macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    The order of inventorship is irrelevant.
  19. latts macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2008
    Because this concerns certain parts of the software side of things and at that time hardware and software were separate
  20. Deuce2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2013
    Now we know where Jonny Ive got his inspiration for IOS7 icons and interface.
  21. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    The design patents Steve was on his name was usually listed first. The ones he's not on, the names are listed alphabetically.
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    Aug 5, 2013
  23. springsup macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2013
  24. rmatthewware macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2009
    Nope. Forstall was a trouble-maker whose screw ups started to outweigh his contributions. I really doubt he's on any list, short or long, to return for any position, much less CEO.


    So now the patent is definitely valid until the patent office declares that it's not. It's got to be maddening to companies to never know if what they are building is protected or not. We're almost seven years in and we are still arguing about whether the iPhone is a unique device.
  25. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
    Since it's all about money, they'll eventually all cross license each others patents and be done!

    It just takes enough legal money to look wasted to get that done!

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