The evil empire has struck again. Apple Inc. has been awarded the patent it has been waiting for since December of 2007, the patent for multi-touch technology. The patent covers pretty much everything that a user can do on a touch screen that involves more than one touch (think pinch to zoom, multi-touch rotate; etc).
This presents a serious problem for every other phone/OS manufacturer. Companies like Nokia, RIM, HTC, Motorola, Samsung; etc will have to either invent a new technology that does what multi-touch currently does for them or pay a licensing fee to Apple. If neither is chosen, then Apple will most likely have a flurry of lawsuits dealt out.
This example proves something most of us already knew. Apple likes to take ideas from others but does everything in its power to prevent rivals from doing the same. In the interest of fairness, if RIM did this I personally would think it was genius but it's Apple and iHate Apple (see what I did right there?).
What's in store for the future of every other cellphone manufacturer and what will RIM specifically do?