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Apple gets design patent on virtual page turning, but doesn't own the page turn!!

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The US Patent and Trademark Office issued a new design patent to Apple on electronic page turning last week, and it's certainly a bizarre one, but it's not as menacing as some have reported. Apple doesn't now own the page turn. While US patent D670,713 isn't exactly a narrow patent, there are some real limitations on what it covers and how it could be used against the competition.

Think of the D'713 patent as a very basic flip book depicting the type of virtual page turn claimed (shown below). It may be tempting to look at all of this as essential to emulating physical page turns on a device, but the patent simply isn't that broad.

Most of us are familiar with the numerous ways a page in iBooks can be manipulated and folded, but we have to be careful not to confuse what we know about Apple's software with what this patent covers. The drawings make it clear that the bottom-right corner is being pulled to lead the way and that the paper is folding over at a fairly consistent angle along its length — in contrast to a more drastic corner fold or a turn initiated at another part of the page, for instance. That's just one way to represent a page turn. One of many.

Patents previously issued to companies like Microsoft, Adobe, and even Apple, were cited during the USPTO's examination process and demonstrate that the emulation of physical page turning on electronic devices isn't new and this patent is necessarily limited by that history. Unless a competitor exactly copies this particular turning animation — and key players like Amazon and Barnes & Noble have not — it's not likely to be used as a powerful weapon in future litigation. It's more like a single arrow in Apple's ever-growing patent quiver, for whatever that's worth.

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Apple gets design patent on virtual page turning, but doesn't own the page turn | The Verge

So what's next :apple: ?
 

Skud

Super Moderator
Staff member
Phew! Only virtual.
What a relief.

:lol:

@pple has the ability to screw everyone; So, it's a temporary relief!


Yeah, you never know, after rectangles with rounded corner, it might very well be rectangles with flips.

And are there any other way by which you can turn a page?

And are there any other way by which you can turn a page?
 

maninder4k

Broken In
Apple always tries to get as many patents as it can & tries to utilize them. Recently Apple tried to sue a company named "iFone" because it resembles the word "iPhone" when we pronounce them. But Apple patented the name "iPhone" on year 2009 whereas the company on which Apple made the case patented the word "iFone" on year 2004. So the outcomes comes out to be nothing instead Apple has to pay the fine to the court for that case. :mrgreen:
 

Skud

Super Moderator
Staff member
With your mouth? Would love to try that on a tablet or ebook reader.

On second thoughts, that is really patent worthy. Or flipping digital pages by moistening your fingers with saliva. ;)
 

pratyush997

Inactive
Apple always tries to get as many patents as it can & tries to utilize them. Recently Apple tried to sue a company named "iFone" because it resembles the word "iPhone" when we pronounce them. But Apple patented the name "iPhone" on year 2009 whereas the company on which Apple made the case patented the word "iFone" on year 2004. So the outcomes comes out to be nothing instead Apple has to pay the fine to the court for that case. :mrgreen:
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