Apple finally won its patent on the iPhone, filed in December of 2007, and may now legally rule the market of capacitive touch-screen phones. PC Mag reports that the patent’s language is so broad that Apple possibly owns the concept of multitouch smartphones and even multitouch tablets. Intellectual property and patent experts predict that Apple will file lawsuits against competitors who make smartphones (like HTC, Motorola, Nokia, etc.) or competitors that run similar operating systems (like Android).
One of the key elements of Apple’s newly-awarded patent is that the elements on the screen may be moved with a touch, a feature ubiquitous in the smartphone and tablet markets. PC Mag suggests that Apple will either restrict their competitors’ sales in the U.S. or they will settle with competitors to license the patented technology.