06/22/2011, 02:50 PM
In wireless lawsuit fray, Apple snags mobile touchscreen patent
By Andrew Nusca | June 22, 2011, 9:30am PDT
In wireless lawsuit fray, Apple snags mobile touchscreen patent | ZDNet
As computer maker Apple battles several patent-related lawsuits with Nokia, Samsung and other competitors related to the wireless functionality of its popular iPhone, iPod and iPad products, the company was awarded a patent on Tuesday involving how a user interacts with a mobile device’s touchscreen display.
The abstract reads:
A computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display. An N-finger translation gesture is detected on or near the touch screen display. In response, the page content, including the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page, is translated to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display. An M-finger translation gesture is detected on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N. In response, the frame content is translated to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display, without translating the other content of the page.
In a nutshell: it’s a broad patent that covers any time a device’s software responds to a user’s gesture on a touchscreen, be it its operating system or a web browser.