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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 Inc. (BKS), Apple, Inc. (AAPL) 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:

Apple Page Turn
[Image Source: USPTO]

Google Inc. (GOOG) 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. (KSC:005930), 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 (AMZN) Kindle Fire/Fire HD don't have page turn animations, so they should be safe from lawsuits/bans.)

Source: USPTO



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RE: Staggering
By ritualm on 11/20/2012 5:04:29 PM , Rating: 2
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Apple files a patent and suddenly they're the devil while Google filed a patent earlier in the year and they are the saviors?

Apple's patent filings are intentionally ambiguous enough that it can be interpreted by its lawyers to represent anything and everything. They see me flip this week's Wal-Mart Superstore flyers in a certain way and sue me because I was somehow infringing their "page turning" patent. Do you know how slippery a slope this is?

Google's patent filing over the same software "behavior" is specific. Apple's leaves lots of room open for interpretation. Guess who's going to use such a patent to sue others with? Apple. It's already happened with "swipe-to-unlock", what makes you think this won't be used by Apple in litigation?

Apple fanboys i.e. Tony Swash and testerguy, love to disregard reality and pretend everything is A(pple)-OKAY, talking with their heads buried under the sands of the Sahara Desert, fully convinced everyone else is an uneducated mental asylum resident. Then there are folks like you who buy into their twisted logic hook-line-and-sinker.

There is so much prior art over the "page turning" software behavior, it's not funny at all. Yet spazs like you prefer to ignore the sad fact that already exists all around you and tell us what you should have been doing in the first place:
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why don't you grow up learn to read.

Until you do that, don't come back with an asinine slander over your imaginary intellectual superiority over others, because - let's face it - you cannot handle the truth!


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