Apple is into skeumorphic page turning as you can see from iBook. Now the fake page turning is patented in the US. The patent titled “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface” gives Apple the rights to the page animation.
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The US Patent and Trademark Office has officially granted twenty-nine newly patents for Apple TV. From the document revealed Apple vision for the next generation Apple TV with features such as cable set top box with live and on demand content, user interface from iOS (iPad, iPhone) and social media sharing through Twitter and Facebook.
Apple has recently approached entertainment companies, which own television content, with a proposal of what it wants the new device to do.
Apple has filed a patent application for technology that would restrict unauthorized users’ access or jailbreaking to a mobile device such as an iPhone or a tablet such as the iPad.
Apple patent Application number 20100207721 was filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office on August 19. Other than disabling jailbroken Apple devices, the patent also contain innovative security feature to detect unauthorised used, gather forensic data, detect mode of travel and suspicious activity.
Salesforce.com is accusing Microsoft of infringing on five of its patents, where Microsoft cloud and Windows 7 violate its intellectual property. The five patents are with the Windows Server AppFabric for installing and provisioning apps on Azure; Windows Live Services including Hotmail and SkyDrive storage; .NET; Windows 7; Server 2008 R2; and SharePoint products and technologies.
The patents cover dynamic multi-level cache, a method for provisioning services, Java object cache server for databases, error reporting and work sharing, and communication with a web site.
Nokia has expanded its patent lawsuit against Apple to the iPad, saying the company has violated five Nokia patents. The five patents relate to enhanced speech and data transmission, and antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, signal-to-noise modulation, geo-location and antenna technologies.
From Nokia: Apple’s unauthorized use of the patents-in-suit in its products at the time of their sale allows it to charge less for its products because it does not have to recover the costs of development of the technology used in the device. This allows it to obtain market share that it would otherwise not be able to obtain were its products to bear the costs for the patented technology.
Apple is suing Taiwanese phone maker HTC over iPhone related patents from a legal standpoint. The phones are Nexus One, Touch Pro 2 and other HTC phones that run Google’s Android OS.
The patents are:
- 5481721: Method for Providing Automatic and Dynamic Translation of Object Oriented Programming Language-Based Message Passing Into Operating System Message Passing Using Proxy Objects
- 5519867: Object-Oriented Multitasking System
- 6275983: Object-Oriented Operating System
- 5566337: Method and Apparatus for Distributing Events in an Operating System
- 5929852: Encapsulated Network Entity Reference of a Network Component System
- 5946647: System and Method for Performing an Action on a Structure in Computer-Generated Data
- 5969705: Message Protocol for Controlling a User Interface from an Inactive Application Program
- 6343263: Real-Time Signal Processing System for Serially Transmitted Data
- 5915131: Method and Apparatus for Handling I/O Requests Utilizing Separate Programming Interfaces to Access Separate I/O Services
- RE39486: Extensible, Replaceable Network Component Systems
Facebook has secured a patent “Dynamically providing a news feed about users of a social network” for their news feed feature. The patent’s existence could mean stopping other social networks, such as Twitter and floundering MySpace, from allowing members to share news updates.
Microsoft has lost its appeal against i4i a Canadian company regarding Word due to the xml editor. Microsoft will have to stop selling Microsoft Word 2007 and other Office 2007 products by Jan. 11.
Microsoft can continue selling these product after the company has removed the xml editor code from the software.
Here is the summary of the patent: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.
Apple has filed a patent for a method to transfer messages or files while you are in the middle of a call.
From AppleInsider: “While a user of a mobile device is using telephony services, the user may want to send a message or a file to another part,” the patent reads. “To send this information, the user may have to disconnect the call, and then perform a lookup of the caller’s contact information prior to being able to send the message or file. This multi-step process can be tedious for the user.”