Samsung begins arguments, Shows how Apple stole from LaunchTile and DiamondTouch table

Apple closed their case so it’s Samsung’s turn to be a little offensive, and to kick things off, they decided to show a couple of early 2000s gesture technologies, LaunchTile and DiamondTouch.


LaunchTile was co-created by Benjamin Bederson who took the stand as a “fact witness” for Samsung. It was for Microsoft’s PocketPC devices and became available in 2004. It helped users access a lot of information and it featured thumbnails that users could zoom in on to access information. Bederson demoed it by showing three different zoom levels. Here’s a look:

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This argument is to disprove Apple’s 381 patent which covers the “bounce back” feature, which happens when users move something like a photo or a list beyond the area of the screen.

Of course Apple fought back saying that LaunchTile’s snap back functionality didn’t work when reaching application tiles on the corner of the screen or when zoomed out all the way. Seriously Apple, what difference does that make? You are trying to convince all of us that Samsung copied and that means an exact replica. Everybody is taking previous technologies and improving on them, so I’m not sure what their point is. Apple is arguing that it’s not an exact match, but are Samsung’s products and exact match?

Next up was Adam Bogue, who created DiamondTouch. It was a projector-based table that featured multi-touch gestures. The primary gesture was called FractalZoom, which involved one touch for scrolling and two fingers to pinch and zoom. Interestingly enough Bogue demoed this to Apple in a private meeting in 2003. It didn’t go anywhere, but the email communications between Apple and himself were still intact and was submitted as evidence.

DiamondTouch also developed something called TableCloth, which Samsung used as another argument refuting any infringement on the “bounce back” feature. Bogue said that it was developed for Adobe Flash and it would bounce back images when they were pulled off the screen.

This is only the beginning of Samsung’s arguments. Trust me, they will have a lot more and will probably continue through the middle of next week.

source: cnet


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • Lost_Fan

    Something you missed…
    Under questioning by Apple counsel Michael Jacobs, however, Bogue stated that Fractal Zoom was actually developed after the device had been taken to Apple.

    I know you guys hate Apple, but at least give all the information.

    • Dick Scratcher

      So what’s your point? Apple gave their secrets away in a meeting about a technology they rejected?

      • Lost_Fan

        You must be dense. Samsung is trying to prove prior art with this and it didn’t exist when they demoed it to Apple. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure it out.

        • Zomby2D

          It didn’t have to exist when demoed to Apple. It simply had to exist before apple filed their bogus patent.

        • Found

          You’re an idiot.

          • RTWright

            No you both are idiots. The point is, Apple rejected it, didn’t use it until much later and more than likely without any permissions or licensing from the inventor. It was out and APPLE did NOT create it! Their patent is bogus and that’s the point. Touch screen devices were using this technology LONG before any cell phone device was.