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Twitter granted "pull-to-refresh" patent, but can only use it defensively

0. phoneArena 21 May 2013, 22:36 posted on

Twitter is one of the more forward thinking companies when it comes to patents, so even though the USPTO has decided to grant the patent for "pull-to-refresh", which is used by a huge amount of mobile apps, the company has promised to only use the patent defensively. And, even if Twitter wanted to use it offensively, it can't...

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posted on 21 May 2013, 22:38 6

1. alltechinside (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Makes sense. This should apply for other useless patents as well. (Apple comes into mind)

posted on 21 May 2013, 22:48 1

2. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Why is the IPA not law for all patents?! This IPA is wonderful, unlike the beer(to each their own).

posted on 21 May 2013, 23:41

3. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)


bleh.

posted on 21 May 2013, 23:48 9

4. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Evil Fruit you need to learn from this..

posted on 22 May 2013, 00:32

5. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Logia fruit eh?

posted on 22 May 2013, 00:42 3

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6606; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You had to reference Apple didn't you....

posted on 22 May 2013, 01:11 2

7. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


had to :D for the obvious reasons..

posted on 22 May 2013, 01:43

8. moroninc (Posts: 162; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


Orange? Raspberry? Mango?

posted on 22 May 2013, 04:55 1

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I dont really hate Apple , just hate their patent trolling

posted on 22 May 2013, 11:28

10. PhoneCritic (Posts: 331; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


This should be a real consideration for congress in demanding the USPTO really Look at this and see if it can be apply it to many of these patent disputes. I don't want to incite any flame wars but really, come on, any rational and logical person knows you cannot patent shapes, numbers, colors, food, natural materials and resources, gestures, bodily functions etc... anything that existed before - not corporate made should not be patent-able.

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