(Figure stolen from CNet)
I am actually a fan of software patents, as long as the patents are truly novel, unique and non-obvious. This, however, is none of those.
I believe that the patent was filed in 2007. Did the folks at the USPTO not see Minority Report… in 2002? I distinctly remember Tom Cruise pinching and twirling and interacting with display screens much in the same way.
Maybe it was the gloves. Or maybe it was because he didn’t directly touch the screen.
Like I said. I have no problem with truly novel software patents, and I believe that Apple deserves a number of them. They truly are an innovative company when it comes to the mobile industry. But this is silly. Next thing sneezing will be patented due to it’s similarity with Near Field Communication.