I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of the way that our industry is abusing the patent systems and as a result costing tax payers a huge amount of money. I should not have to be paying for company squabbles but I am. While they pay for the lawyers it is you and me who pays for the judge, court officials, building etc. It is Apple that has my hairs prickling again even though I use their products and prefer them over the competition. It was only six weeks ago that I talked about the crazy Apple patents that had been granted then. This time it is another design patent.
I would like to bring to your attention Design Patent 670,713 issued November 13th 2012 and is for a “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface”.
This patent is for turning a page. I kid you not! Now being a design patent they are not attempting to say they have patented the idea of turning a page, but of the graphics that are displayed while they are turning the page. The patent shows three images, the first of which is shown here. The other two figures show the page further advanced in being turned.
Now come on, a patent is meant to be novel and non-obvious. This is neither. I have seen so many animations for this for years on various different devices and there is nothing here that is not non-obvious except perhaps that nobody else has done it “exactly” like this. Who cares! And it took three Apple engineers to come up with this amazing piece of technology! I am not going to name them because I am sure they are just as embarrassed about this as I would be.
How do we stop the stupidity?
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