Apple secures multitouch technology patent

Patent 7,479,949 was filed on April 11, 2008 and finally awarded on January 20, 2009-a mere day before the conference call in which Apple COO Tim Cook stressed that Apple would strenuously protect its intellectual property. Among the inventors are listed such luminaries as the man himself, Steve Jobs, as well as VP of iPhone software Scott Forstall.

Anyway, with this patent in their stable, Apple's position on multitouch seems to have some weight. They're still awaiting their trademark on the term "Multi-Touch" which, if nothing else, would prevent Palm from selling the Pre using that expression, but Palm's going to want to take a thoughtful look at their plans before they launch a device that might have a bullseye painted on it.

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