Apple Patents Turning Book Pages (Digitally)
November 19, 2012 10:59 AM
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Google filed a nearly identical patent claim nearly sixth months earlier, but Apple wins the patent anyways
In a move that could strike a deep blow to successful e-reader rivals
like Barnes & Noble
), Apple, Inc. (
) last week secured a patent on
animating book pages turning digitally
U.S. Patent D670,713
, granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last Tuesday, depicts "the ornamental design for a display screen or portion thereof with animated-graphical user interface.
The description section of the patent is rather ambiguous. So the easiest way of depicting what the patent covers it to simply show the figure:
[Image Source: USPTO]
Google Inc. (
) is surely a little irked as it filed a highly similar patent request half a year earlier in May 2011 (Apple's patent was filed in Dec. 2011).
US 2012/0105464 A1
depicts "Animated Page Turning", albeit describing it in much more detailed and specific language than Apple's filing. To add insult to injury, Apple's patent does not cite Google's prior art.
Ultimately, the ambiguous language of the later Apple patent may work to its advantage, as it may be able to justify filing more lawsuits to stifle its competitors.
Apple's wins in court when suing its competitors have thus far come largely from its local Californian district court. In its
$1.05B USD victory
over Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
), the jury found Apple innocent of all alleged infringements, but found Samsung guilty of most of the infringements Apple alleged. Coincidentally the family members of some jurors were Apple shareholders, but
Judge Lucy Koh
ruled this was an acceptable level of bias.
The Nook HD features page turn animations:
Should Apple choose to sue B&N, it will likely look to repeat its successful strategy employed against Samsung: trying the case in
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
's San Francisco courtroom.
(Note: Amazon.com, Inc.'s (
) Kindle Fire/Fire HD don't have page turn animations, so they should be safe from lawsuits/bans.)
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Prior art goes back to at least the mid 90s.
11/19/2012 11:17:57 AM
There was infotainment software in 1994 which did exactly this, only with a mouse not touch (though nothing precluded it from using touch screens.) I wrote some infotainment software around the same time and deliberately didn't use this for the simple reason that I didn't like the effect and still don't; it looks like in demos, but quickly becomes irritating in practice.
RE: Prior art goes back to at least the mid 90s.
11/19/2012 6:48:55 PM
There were some PC games that did exactly this, early 90's. it is hardly new. Hell there are flash games I have seen that do an animated page turn during the story.
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