Originally Posted by Gigatel
Here's another all-too-common talking point...the "There's only so many ways to do something" argument. I for one do not buy this excuse at all on anything in the tech industry, from hardware to software. These companies have billions upon billions of dollars to create, invent, innovate, and bring new things to market. What a pessimistic outlook on the industry to view it as so limited.
You say this from an entirely uneducated point of view, which is why you don't understand what is being said.
The point is Apple now have a patent on "using two or more fingers on the screen translated using heuristics to manipulate a user interface.". This is vague and there is no way you can invent another multitouch method without infringing on this patent.
What should be done, instead, is to copyright the source code that does this. Then it is still left open for others to be able to implement "using two or more fingers on the screen translated using heuristics to manipulate a user interface." using totally different source code and programming methods. For instance, Samsung's "AirView" method of controlling the device by hovering your finger over the screen uses unique code, but still somehow falls under this patent. That is wrong and it's the fault of the system.
Doing it this way would totally destroy all these smartphone litigation suits and the only ones let would be about particular hardware, not softwareEdited by That Mew - 10/20/13 at 9:36am