Apple Patents Turning Book Pages (Digitally)
November 19, 2012 10:59 AM
comment(s) - last by
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.)
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
11/20/2012 9:01:04 PM
I understand your and testerguy's reasoning/counter-argument. Albeit in the case of testerguy, rather poorly constructed.
But don't forget law is up to individual's interpretation, particularly when you look at say, a recent verdict handed down by a jury who completely disregarded prior art entirely because the jury foreman said it couldn't be, because it wasn't part of the microprocessor (or some ridiculous reasoning along those lines).
The fact is this gives Apple some form of leverage now that it's been approved, if their lawyers are clever enough it could certainly be argued in certain ways in a court, to attempt to win a case against someone (except perhaps in a UK court). There's certainly countless precedents in law all over the world where ludicrous verdicts are handed down, in patent, or other litigation.
It seems silly that this or any other page-turning patent will actually be used as there's so much prior art and so many different companies lodging patents for practically the same thing from the surface of it, but you never know.
I agree many of the comments bagging out Apple are poorly constructed and uncalled for, but then again, so are many of the ones defending them as well. What are you going to do? Personally, I move on. But it's nice to read the odd comment from someone with a bit of experience. Generalising everyone who posts is unwise.
11/21/2012 3:11:54 PM
everyone who posts in support of Apple is unwise.
"This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
Barnes and Noble Takes Jabs at Amazon with Nook HD, HD+ Tablets
September 26, 2012, 5:53 AM
Doomsday for Samsung in U.S., Jury Rules it Slavishly Infringed Apple's Patents
August 24, 2012, 5:56 PM
Apple's iPad "One of the Best Computers Ever" Say Reviewers, New Apps Revealed
April 1, 2010, 8:26 AM
HTC One Hits 5 Million Sales in First Month, Despite Issues
May 23, 2013, 4:04 PM
HTC First's Arrival in UK Canceled, Facebook Assesses "Home" Feedback
May 23, 2013, 3:02 PM
Microsoft Expands Windows Azure in Asia, Mocks iPad in New Commercial
May 23, 2013, 12:06 PM
Lenovo Reports Solid Fiscal Q4, Full-Year Financials
May 23, 2013, 9:22 AM
MSI's AMD Richland (A10)/Neptune (7/8xxxM) Gaming Notebooks Start at $1,299 USD
May 22, 2013, 3:15 PM
Apples Tries to Use Decade-Old Patents to Ban Samsung Galaxy S IV
May 22, 2013, 3:00 PM
Most Popular Articles
High School Student Creates Storage Device that Can Charge in 20 Seconds
May 20, 2013, 6:51 AM
Seawater Cooling Saves Data Center Big Bucks, Energy, Despite Jellyfish Issues
May 17, 2013, 3:23 PM
Newegg Legal Chief: "We don't Feed the Trolls"; Defeats Bell Lab Shell Comp.
May 17, 2013, 10:11 AM
Former Intel CEO Regrets Passing Up on iPhone Gravy Train
May 17, 2013, 11:46 AM
NASA Awards $125,000 Grant for 3D Printed Food on Long-Term Space Travels
May 21, 2013, 1:32 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Lumosity: Does it Work?
May 22, 2013, 8:20 PM
Quick Note: Sony "Teases" PS4 Ahead of Xbox Reveal in New Video
May 20, 2013, 12:33 PM
Nokia Introduces Instagram-Like App of Its Own to Help Lumia Sales
May 20, 2013, 7:10 AM
Parents of Pre-Teen Drivers Commonly Practice Distracted Driving Says Study
May 9, 2013, 7:16 AM
Apple's iOS 7 Running Into Internal Delays Due to Massive Overhaul
May 1, 2013, 4:26 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information