Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Etmax
User Rank
Author
Re: prior art
Etmax   4/19/2014 4:18:31 AM
NO RATINGS
The slide switch predates my life in electronics. Having a virtual slide switch on a screen is still a slide switch, just like changing the colour of the plastic on a mechanical one doesn't change the patent that applies. And to say that it's worth $30 per phone is even more ridiculous, you can buy them for as little 10c. The US patent system is worse than broken, I think the overworked clerks don't give a brass razoo anymore and are just stamping everything.

It this sort of rubbish is the great Apple innovation then they are totally not innovators.

DrQuine
User Rank
Author
Prior art and innovation
DrQuine   4/18/2014 2:24:08 PM
NO RATINGS
I'm impressed by novel inventions that are obvious as soon as I see them. "I should have invented that." With the benefit of hindsight, one can reassemble many inventions from previous components. The patent office has to tread a delicate line between using 20-20 hindsight unfairly - and blocking patents which really were anticipated.  I guess we can all agree that patent 6368227 for swinging sideways on a child's swing should have been invalidated (as it was). Many of us were doing that decades before the patent filing.

AZskibum
User Rank
Author
Re: How many "new ideas" are old ideas that have been forgotten?
AZskibum   4/17/2014 10:45:30 AM
NO RATINGS
The U.S. patent system is indeed broken. It is not simply a matter of forgotten old ideas being rediscovered and re-patented. It is also broken by having set the bar so low on what constitutes "invention", that almost anything is patentable. If the reverse were true, we would have a lot fewer lawsuits clogging our courts.

zeeglen
User Rank
Author
Re: prior art
zeeglen   4/16/2014 7:49:51 PM
NO RATINGS
There was a fun pix going around of a medieval door with an iron bolt lock and a caption "We totally invented slide-to-unloock."

Would you have a link to that pix?


The first time I ran into the Apple "slide" function I thought "What a useless piece of crap."


After a few more experiences with the damn thing I upgraded "crap" to a bovine by-product.


rick merritt
User Rank
Author
Re: prior art
rick merritt   4/16/2014 6:25:59 PM
NO RATINGS
@Daniel Payne: There was a fun pix going around of a medieval door with an iron bolt lock and a caption "We totally invented slide-to-unlock."

betajet
User Rank
Author
How many "new ideas" are old ideas that have been forgotten?
betajet   4/16/2014 4:06:31 PM
NO RATINGS
Bob wrote: It could be said, "Old ideas never die. They just fade away."

The USPTO situation reminds me of the 1970's TV show Welcome Back, Kotter.  In one episode, Arnold Horshack becomes a member of a religious cult and quotes the cult's leader:
"What is, is.  What was, will be.  What will be was, but will be again".


bobbytsai
User Rank
Author
Re: DOS rides again
bobbytsai   4/16/2014 1:43:44 PM
NO RATINGS
sounds like a plot to a movie "tron"

BobsView
User Rank
Author
Old Soldiers Never Die....
BobsView   4/16/2014 1:18:44 PM
NO RATINGS
It could be said, "Old ideas never die. They just fade away."

 

Daniel Payne
User Rank
Author
prior art
Daniel Payne   4/16/2014 11:55:38 AM
NO RATINGS
I hope that the judge and jury see how many prior art examples there are in everything that Apple claims is patented. Our patent system is truly broken if any company can claim a patent on the hyperlink, or slide to unlock. 

boblespam
User Rank
Author
Re: DOS rides again
boblespam   4/16/2014 2:18:25 AM
NO RATINGS
I remember Sidekick running on my 80286 ! A nice piece of software, I liked it (with PC-tools).

I can say that I had smartphone before all those geeks of today. A ~10Kg smartphone with a 9600 baud modem (and a few wires) !

Page 1 / 2   >   >>


Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST

What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.

Brought to you by:

Most Recent Comments
resistion
 
David_Ashton_EC
 
Ron Neale
 
Alvie
 
resistion
 
David_Ashton_EC
 
David_Ashton_EC
 
Ian Johns
 
Alan Patterson
Like Us on Facebook
Special Video Section
The LTC2380-24 is a versatile 24-bit SAR ADC that combines ...
In this short video we show an LED light demo to ...
02:46
Wireless Power enables applications where it is difficult ...
07:41
LEDs are being used in current luxury model automotive ...
With design sizes expected to increase by 5X through 2020, ...
01:48
Linear Technology’s LT8330 and LT8331, two Low Quiescent ...
The quality and reliability of Mill-Max's two-piece ...
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
05:27
The LT8602 has two high voltage buck regulators with an ...
05:18
Silego Technology’s highly versatile Mixed-signal GreenPAK ...
The quality and reliability of Mill-Max's two-piece ...
01:34
Why the multicopter? It has every thing in it. 58 of ...
Security is important in all parts of the IoT chain, ...
Infineon explains their philosophy and why the multicopter ...
The LTC4282 Hot SwapTM controller allows a board to be ...
This video highlights the Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC, and sho...
Homeowners may soon be able to store the energy generated ...
The LTC®6363 is a low power, low noise, fully differential ...
See the Virtex® UltraScale+™ FPGA with 32.75G backplane ...
Vincent Ching, applications engineer at Avago Technologies, ...