http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.htm&r=17&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&S1=(20101012.PD.+AND+apple.ASNM.)&OS=isd/10/12/2010+and+an/apple&RS=(ISD/20101012+AND+AN/apple)The patent application describes a method of detecting one or more contacts on a multi-touch-sensitive display and performing a corresponding operation. Multi-touch gestures listed include "magnifying, zooming, expanding, minimizing, resizing, rotating, sliding, opening, closing, focusing, flipping, reordering, activating, deactivating and any other operation that can be performed on a graphical object."
This patent really locks in key Apple features introduced with the first iPhone, including pinch-to-zoom and other navigation and selection gestures. So what happens now with Android, WP7 and Blackberry OS?
Protracted legal battle or hefty license fees?