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I found two patents that relate to the swipe mechanism of typing for touch screen devices. By swipe, I mean the typing mechanism made popular by Swype or swift key and now being implemented in iOS 8.

Patent by Swype

Patent by Apple

Since 'swipe' seems to be a pretty clever idea I am sure whoever thought of it first would have patented it. So who really owns it?

And how were the above patents granted (both seem to talk about the same basic concept)?

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