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Apple receives patent for virtual page turn

0. phoneArena posted on 17 Nov 2012, 14:17

Apple has just received a patent for the virtual, digital page turn which is covered in a patent titled "Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface"; the patent covers the animation that makes it look like you're turning the pages of a real book...

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posted on 17 Nov 2012, 15:05 4

15. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

Seriously, there's no need to patent everything. Let everyone make whatever they want, however they want. If Apple are so confident about their products they shouldn't have anything to worry about as people will buy the best product.

Ultimately all it does is stop Apple from innovating as they're trying to prevent any competitor from doing anything, which results in Apple not having to work as hard.

Remove the patents and return to innovation.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 15:21 4

16. ElektronicGeek91 (Posts: 105; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

too bad my phone already has that so screw you Apple!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 15:31 3

17. Droiddoes (unregistered)

I...I just don't even know what to say anymore...

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 15:43 1

19. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I don't understand this my Barnes and Noble app has had this feature since 2009 how can Apple patent it?

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 16:09 3

21. random (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

Obviously B&N did some back to the future and stole patent from Apple.

Time to pay up for Apples hard work they put into this magnificent patent.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 20:18

40. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

The Kindle you can flip the magazine pages like a page turn as well.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 16:54 2

23. ytheunissen (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

How hilarious this might seem, Apple isn't the first company to patent a page turning. Google got their page turning patent back in 2010, whereas Microsoft got theirs in 2009.

So trying to be a little more objectively wouldn't hurt (points at Android as well as Apple, and even Windows Mobile followers).

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:21 1

25. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

Objectivity? Apple is the main opponent handing out lawsuits like Christmas presents for patents as insignificant and frugal as the one they've just been awarded.

And the thing is, Apple has become obnoxiously "sue-happy" lately, so it's kind of hard for me to look a that patent without a bit of discontent & prejudice, in the hands of Apple.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 03:54 1

52. tedkord (Posts: 14133; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

The difference is you won't see Google saying, "That device flips podagr pages like our patent. Ban it!"

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:15

24. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

fck them

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:22 2

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 24941; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

If u look at this from a business standpoint, it's a smart move. Anyone who wants to use it will have to pay a fee to do it. Makes sense

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:34

27. Googlethis (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

sadly you are correct darkjedi.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:43

29. Aeires (unregistered)

Except it'll never hold up, there have been many uses of this before Apple got the patent.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 18:05 1

33. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

technically smart but dirty at the same time, its the kind of thing that shouldnt be patented as its a natural more for e-readers etc. to mimic a real book

be like patenting how a door opens then expecting all car companys architects etc to pay

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:39 2

28. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

My one year old DOG can think of this...
Unless im wrong the basic idea of this wasnt from Apple

And US company applied for a patent and US organization approved it..

Isnt it too much to think that there are only bunch of idiots?

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:44 2

30. Aeires (unregistered)

This surprises people? Apple has a history of taking other people's ideas and patenting them first, or modifying them ever so slightly and getting a patent that way. THis is nothing new for Apple.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:58 1

32. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

If it is intended to mimic a book, and turning a page is about as ubiquitous to books as words are... shouldn't this be filed under the obvious category?
Regardless of whether anyone's done this before or not... and I'm betting it's been done before.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 18:13

34. xtroid2k (Posts: 534; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

Im gonna file a patent for this post lol

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 18:21 1

35. angelesmec (unregistered)

Flipboard be ready to be sued by Apple bi@#%!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 20:08 1

38. Ihateapplemorethanyou (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

This is ridiculous. Pretty soon apple is going to get a patent for taking a s**t. You all better watch out. We are all going to get sued next!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 20:33

43. kamejoko (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

USPTO eat money from apple.
Apple copy every thing from real life (turn page, glass stair, rectangle with round coner...) and patent.
Nothing to say about USPTO. Money can do everything, can patent everything.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 21:37 3

46. ddeath (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

To me, it is bloody shameful to even submit a patent like this. What is so innovative about having an animated page turning? Everyone thought of it! Just that no one except Apple will patent it, with no apparent reason but to earn money from others who implements it! Ridiculous!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 21:54 2

47. darvisha (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)

I have had a software on my PC which was doing the same using a mouse. I do believe patent office must be more carefull as this kind of patenting is going to restrict small developers and actually highjack their ideas. Those who cannot afford patenting their softwares.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 23:29

49. jstahl (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

You can't blame Apple. You are the stupid one for not patenting it.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 02:32 1

50. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

I have been using following sofwatre and it works on iOS also and does the same damn thing:


Looks like US Patent office is setup to offer patent to apple for everything that they can steal/copy/reverse engineer. This isn't something to be proud of. Apple should really be ashamed if shame exists in their dictionary.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 07:21 1

54. gammaSharma (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Apple, why don't you just Patent the use of The Fore Finger so that others cant use it. I will use my middle finger with you Capitalistic Apple. :)

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 09:52 1

56. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

Damn. Didnt take a crap since yesterday as their lawyers came home to warn me not to tear the toilet paper from a side. Cant figure out how else i can do it.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 14:49

57. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

apple recieves patent for writting apple news articles. any article written about apple news will have to pay a royalty to apple. this is true innovation.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 16:38

58. VAPlaya1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

How can this be awarded to Apple when i can do this right now on a pdf app for android.
If I grab the bottom corner, I can start flipping the page, ( I can see a portion of the other next page) it goes all the way up to the top corner. Looks the same as what Apple claims it does.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 19:52

59. samystic (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

ridiculousness at it's extreme... i think we techies (in all colors, all levels) should start an internet cult something like 'bad luck Brian' or 'that's cute' kind of thing to stop this joke called Apple... actually Apple should patent stupidity as well, coz that it exclusive

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