The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the most important gesturing inventions that define Apple’s revolutionary iDevices. This is a classic patent invented by Greg Christie. We noted in a report that we posted last week that back In February 2005, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave senior software engineer Greg Christie an ultimatum to finalize the software for the upcoming iPhone or the project would go to another Apple team. Mr. Christie joined Apple in 1996 to work on the Newton and the iPhone project was important to him. The iPhone project was at that stage called project “Purple.” Mr. Christie has never publicly discussed the early development of the iPhone before. Yet Apple made him available on the eve of a new patent-infringement trial against Samsung to highlight a key element of its legal strategy—just how innovative the iPhone was in 2007, when it arrived. This is one the key patents Greg Christie filed in 2007. Apple will be calling on Greg Christie to testify in their current trial against Samsung which began yesterday.
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