Oh, sweet, sweet day. While not too large of a coup for Android and other open platforms, we definitely appreciate anytime when we find out Apple loses some of the ‘common sense’ patents. So many sources (I got mine here: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/12/07/uspto-preliminarily-invalidates-the-steve-jobs-apple-touch-heuristic-patent/) report that the US Postmark and Trademark Office invalidated some existing Apple patents. It seems that, at least preliminary reviews are invalidating the ‘Steve Jobs patent,’ that discussing vertical screen scrolling with your finger. You know, pretty much the ONLY way you could navigate on a touch screen. While not too big of a deal in this case, I am very excited at the action taken, as it proves the USPTO finally will begin to look at some of these ‘common sense’ patents. Really, to issue patents on scrolling with your finger? Or, as I hope, the rounded corners. What does scare me, is that this is only the beginning. If Apple loses this, they will of course appeal, as far as possibly the US Supreme Court.
For schools, I do like this. Not everyone wants to use Apple and their way of doing things. Some of us want to hack and build our own meaning and understanding for our users. Android, and not Apple, allows us to do this. Plus, I see an awful lot of monopolistic behaviors out there. Hopefully this signifies the beginning of scrutiny paid to Apple.