Apple Now Owns the Page Turn
From the NY Times
If you want to know just how broken the patent system is, just look at patent D670,713, filed by Apple and approved this week by the United States Patent Office.
This design patent, titled, Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface, gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application.
Yes, thats right. Apple now owns the page turn.
The patent to own the page turn was just one of 38 patents granted to Apple this week. Among the others there was a Skin tone aware color boost for cameras, Location-based categorical information services and a Consistent backup of electronic information.
from reading the article it appears the patent is for a specific animation sequence used to display a page turn, not the page turn idea itself..
that's how I read it, but then again IANAL.. I'm sure some lawyer will try to argue otherwise..
That's how everyone saw many "Organizer" type programs did it 20 years ago, including one that I've developed on Win 3.11, BTW... So, what's new here?
Patent system in the US is completely broken and it serves only purpose of generating money to the US Patent Office itself and to companies, hiring big departments of high paid lawyers and willing to sue everyone around and making big money in the process. For the latter it's a new form of business now, business of making money form litigations... It's absurd. --
Keep it simple, it'll become complex by itself...
|reply to FF4m3 |
A perfect example of patents gone wrong.
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|reply to OZO | said by OZO:
Patent system in the US is completely broken and it serves only purpose of generating money to the US Patent Office itself and to companies, hiring big departments of high paid lawyers and willing to sue everyone around and making big money in the process. For the latter it's a new form of business now, business of making money form litigations...
has become significant attempted revenue streams for such companies as Apple and Microsoft.
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|reply to FF4m3 |
The patent office has become the very thing it was meant to defend against, time to just blow up the patent office and declare all existing patents null and void and move on.
The secondary effects of that would be incredible, all that offshore intellectual property that companies use to move money out of the country, smack.
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|reply to FF4m3 | Ridiculous Apple granted patent for artificially turning book pages
The U.S. Patent Office recently granted Apple a patent for the functionality of turning a page on an e-reader application.
Thats right, you read that correctly. Apple now owns digital page turning, aka patent D670713, which is officially titled Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface. Theoretically, this means Apple can now wage a legal war against companies that make apps that compete with iBooks, such as Google Books.
Apple, which filed the patent application nearly a year ago, claimed that its own page turning animation was unique to other e-reader applications. Apples page turning mimics how youd turn a physical page from the edge of the paper, slowly pulling it back to see the following page. By contrast, the e-reader application from Google mimics turning by pressing your finger in the middle of the page to advance to the following page. Personally, I like Googles method better, but I at least see the contrast.
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