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Apple wins patents on Time Machine, page-turning animations
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Nov 13, 2012, 05:26 AM
 
Apple has scored several new patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to AppleInsider. One of these is Consistent back up of electronic information, documenting the basic concepts behind OS X's Time Machine. The function creates incremental backups of a Mac, allowing people to restore an entire system or individual files back to earlier states. The patent application dates back to August 2006, before Time Machine was introduced in OS X Leopard, but still uses the term "time machine" to refer to the software.

Another patent covers a method of polyphonic note detection. This allows software to pick out individual pitches and tones in music amongst a collection of voices. This could have a number of uses, including more efficient editing and tuning. While some software on the market is capable of polyphonic detection, Apple has yet to build it into apps like Logic or GarageBand. Logic is generally considered to be overdue for a major update. Two design patents describe more minor concepts, such as the page-turning animation in iBooks. The patent could theoretically pose a threat to other e-reading apps, such as Amazon's Kindle or Google Play Books. In the specific Apple implementation, pages can be turned gradually by dragging, or instantly with a swipe. iBooks also detects a finger's vertical position, curling the top and/or bottom of a page in response. The other design grant covers the Smart Case, an accessory Apple launched for the iPad in March. Although reactions have been mixed, the case addresses a complaint people had about the Smart Cover, which is the lack of protection for the back of an iPad. Apple had a full-body case for the first-generation iPad, but didn't update it for the iPad 2.
     
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Nov 13, 2012, 05:44 AM
 
It certainly takes a long time for these patents to come through! Time Machine was introduced so long ago, it seems like ancient history.
     
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Nov 13, 2012, 05:55 AM
 
These patents are a waste of time. Apple and courts can't even enforce them. lol
     
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Nov 13, 2012, 10:08 AM
 
Does the Patent Office actually do any research before issuing a patent? Sony and Nokia are suing Apple for allegedly infringing on a screen rotation patent.

http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/11/09/screen.rotation.patent.at.core.of.dispute.brought. by.patent.troll/

Why didn't the Patent Office pick this up when deciding whether or not to grant Apple's patent application?

Or perhaps they are understaffed and overwhelmed by the number of people trying to get patents on any idea that pops into their head. In the hopes that somebody someday might actually create their idea. And then the patent holder could sue them.
     
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Nov 13, 2012, 11:10 AM
 
Originally Posted by apostle View Post
Does the Patent Office actually do any research before issuing a patent? Sony and Nokia are suing Apple for allegedly infringing on a screen rotation patent.
This article covers three patents: polyphonic note detection, page-turning animations, and the Smart Cover.

Where does "screen rotation" figure into this?
     
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Nov 13, 2012, 06:31 PM
 
I was just trying to point out that although Apple was granted a patent(s), it doesn't necessarily mean that somene else doesn't already hold a patent for these technologies. I cited the "rotation" patent as an example of how the Patent Office may have issued Apple a patent for a technology that had already been patented.

It was also in part a response to "Slapppy"'s post about the patent system.

Sorry for the confusion.

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Nov 14, 2012, 04:07 AM
 
"Page Turning?"

AFYS?
     
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Nov 14, 2012, 06:34 AM
 
Originally Posted by Grendelmon View Post
"Page Turning?"

AFYS?
"AFYS"? Does not parse.

Do you mean "AYFS"?

Also, iBooks was the first app I ever saw that did page-turning in the way described above, with the page curling under your finger like a book page.

If you know of prior art, I'm sure Apple would like to hear about it.
     
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Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
"AFYS"? Does not parse.
Do you mean "AYFS"?
Also, iBooks was the first app I ever saw that did page-turning in the way described above, with the page curling under your finger like a book page.
If you know of prior art, I'm sure Apple would like to hear about it.
LOL, no, that's what I meant. Are f***ing you serious?

Anyway, I just find it kind of disappointing that a patent could be issued for a simple animation within the interface. Does anyone have patents for double-clicking an icon and having a window "zoom" up to display and vice versa? Does Apple have a patent on the Genie effect for minimizing windows to the dock? It all seems absurd to me.

I should submit a patent for clicking on a window's title bar with the cursor and being able to reposition the window somewhere else on the display.
     
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Originally Posted by Grendelmon View Post
Does anyone have patents for double-clicking an icon and having a window "zoom" up to display and vice versa?
Almost certainly.
     
   
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