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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RE: Patent Law Fail
11/19/2012 12:23:36 PM
No argument here. See the last part of my comment.
RE: Patent Law Fail
11/19/2012 2:27:52 PM
Here are two actual implementations of the page-turning animation which have been available online for a decade.
And here's a 16-year old IEEE conference paper which describes the same thing (it's behind a paywall, but the abstract describes it).
This patent doesn't stand a chance. It's just sad that millions of dollars are going to be wasted on lawyers to figure out what I just did in 5 minutes with Google.
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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