HUMAN MOTIONS should never be patentable because modern man did not invent them. NONE of them. The idea that a human motion is patentable if applied to some particular application is absurd, because it is still the specific human motion -- for whatever reason! -- that is being monopolized for some purpose and it is an invention NOT made by the inventor. All such inventions trying to claim any human motion as a part of the invention are frauds.
Human motions are unique to to all of us as genetic beings made by the Creator and the idea that a monopolistic greedy company like Apple or the people responsible for this nonsense think they can lay claim to any human motion for commercial purposes is a desolation of the human spirit.
It is boundless material greed at its worst apex.
Most human tools require hands and fingers to operate them and there is nothing "inventive" about developing a product that uses hands and fingers to accomplish a task.
The clueless people who have stupidly granted and thus far even upheld the finger pinch and finger tap patents in court must have grown up in households without cooking or music, where a pinch of salt and the gesture affiliated with adding a pinch of salt to something, or the tapping of fingers to music are commonplace occurrences. These motions are NOT Apple inventions, thank you. We have been pinching and tapping long before YOU folks.
In fact, we have known people who used finger tapping as a means of command to say, "come here", long before Apple. NOT an Apple invention.
In fact, "finger tapping" is such a simple and ancient human motion that it is used e.g. in medical physics. See Functional neuroimaging correlates of finger-tapping task variations: An ALE meta-analysis, which we quote below:
"Finger-tapping tasks are commonly used to study the human motor system in functional neuroimaging studies. Tapping tasks have the advantage of being simple enough to use in the study of both normal control subjects as well as those with neuropathologies affecting the motor system, while being flexible enough to accommodate numerous modifications. These tasks can vary across studies both by the use or lack of a pacing stimulus and in the relative complexity of the tapping task."In other words, NOT an Apple invention. NEVER.
The people in the patent industry, on both sides of the fence, live in a "patent" dream world of their own creation that has nothing to do with reality.
Take a look at the patents wrongfully granted for "touch scrolling".
Many people I know have been using their finger(s) to scroll down the lines in books, journals and newspapers since long before the digital era came to the scene. There is nothing INVENTIVE -- i.e. non-obvious and not anticipated by "prior art" -- in applying THAT scrolling to electronic displays.
Where in God's name the invention there is supposed to be is known only to the handful of deluded souls active in this area of technology and law.
Let me assure you folks, YOU did not invent finger scrolling of text. You merely applied it to electronic devices.
Well, that is OBVIOUS. Nothing more obvious than that.
Indeed, that is why we have finger scrolling and not tongue scrolling. Because of the prior art and because that is the OBVIOUS way to do it.
The fact that SOME human motion is selected for SOME particular digital task by no means makes it thereby patentable. NEVER.