One of Apple's broad patents covering touch-screen technology has been upheld by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a decision that could have a serious impact on cases involving Google and Samsung.
After invalidating US Patent No. 7,479,949 last December, the office issued a re-examination certificate (see below) reaffirming all 20 claims included in the patent, according to a filing last month spotted by Foss Patents. The patent, referred to by many as "the Steve Jobs patent," covers a "touch-screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics."
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