Apple’s patent essentially gives it ownership of the capacitive multitouch interface the company pioneered with its iPhone, said one source who has been involved in intellectual property litigation on similar matters. That’s likely to produce a new round of lawsuits over the now-ubiquitous multitouch interfaces used in smartphones made by the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nokia, and others that run operating systems similar in nature to Apple’s iOS, like Google’s Android, said the source, who asked not to be named.
It seems that this patent may become the source of many more lawsuits in the future.
The filing is very unspecific; basically every touchscreen smartphone today could be construed as infringing on the patent. It remains to be seen who Apple will use this against. As of this writing, none of their lawsuits against another company have been updated to use this patent.