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Microsoft page curl patent could hurt Apple's iBooks

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Thu July 8, 2010

MS page turn effect could lead to royalty on iPad

Microsoft has filed for a patent that could create problems for Apple's iBooks and other e-reader apps. The technique for a "virtual page turn" would use the same design as Apple's, where readers can turn the page naturally by touching and dragging from one side of an e-book and curling the page to the other side. It would render the page in 3D and even render the back of a page while in mid-turn.

The patent's unique contribution would be quick flip gestures, which with a flip or a downward swipe could jump at least two pages ahead.

US Patent and Trademark Office officials first received the patent in January 2009, a year before the iPad was unveiled, and was clearly targeted at use for the Courier with images of the concept used as examples. While Microsoft killed the Courier before it left the concept phase, the patent could theoretically let Microsoft ask for royalties from Apple, who uses a similar effect in iBooks on the iPad and iPhone, as well as the creators of third-party iOS apps like Classics and Stanza.

Microsoft doesn't have any known projects in development that would use a page curl and may have trouble showing that its patent is in use. [via GoRumors]





By Electronista Staff
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  1. dashiel

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +15

    so much…

    prior art on this one it's not even funny. ironically it's been done in flash since early last decade.

  1. pairof9s

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2008

    +5

    Now...

    ...if only Microsoft had a product that sold using it!

    /

  1. rule225

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    Joined: Jul 2010

    +17

    Patents office need to wake up....

    Seriously, am I the only one who thinks that the patents rules need a complete makeover? Patent on "one-click purchase" (Amazon), patent on a not-so-specific move of the fingers on a screen(Apple).

    That's ridiculous!

    I'm about to patent the "thumbs up" move.

    In the early 1900's people were really inventing something. Plane, a revolutionary drill bit, a rotary engine, etc. Today? AH! A click! A drag of the finger!!

    That's ludicrous.

    Chris

  1. jreades

    Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 1999

    +3

    Wake up...

    Nope, you're not the only one.

    Surely to any rational person the prior art for this is at *least* 570 years old when we have the first 'book' which people turned using a fascinating 'finger' technology. I mean, just because MS found a way to replicate that experience using a touchscreen shouldn't constitute a patentable activity... it's not like Apple said "Ooooh, we should reverse engineer that astonishing idea" FFS.

    There was a time when the US patent office made this stuff a lot harder to pull off, but lobbying by corporations has extended the concept of what is patentable (and the length for which it can be patented) by ludicrous leaps and bounds. See: business methods.

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  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009

    -15

    Apple should


    Come up with something different.

    It's "not that big of a deal"

  1. mytdave

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    Joined: Aug 2000

    +1

    USPTO

    Patents are out of control. I don't see this being awarded (crazy if it is) since MS isn't using it in any of their products that I know of, and there is TONS of prior art for this one. The 'page curl' deal has been in use long before 2009. Apple's iBooks was not the first.

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  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

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    re: Patents office need to wake up....


    Geee. Apple should change their name to the Apple Patent Company. What do you think they spend most of their time doing.... Filing patents. Just so everyone from large corporations like MS, Google, IBM down to some mom and pop operation trying to do business, gets to pay the Apple IP Tax is something is remotely close to their idea.

    Who is the first to cry out if anyone contravenes one of Apple's myriad of redundant, ridiculous patents....

    Yeah, you iHippocrates.... And Apple of course.

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +16

    oh wrenchy

    you really should do some research before posting. makes you look like a simpleton. i'm not saying you are, mind you, just that when posting such nonsense it makes you look the part.

    this hate all things apple approach is old.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -5

    Re: Patents office need to wake up....

    Wake up over what? This is a patent application. If they agree to the patent, that's a different story. But anyone can file a patent application.

    In the early 1900's people were really inventing something. Plane, a revolutionary drill bit, a rotary engine, etc. Today? AH! A click! A drag of the finger!!

    And how many patents in the early 1900's were for stupid stuff that got approved? Do you know, or do you just pick three items from stuff being invented back then, then compare it to three items from now?

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Wake up

    Surely to any rational person the prior art for this is at *least* 570 years old when we have the first 'book' which people turned using a fascinating 'finger' technology.

    Sorry, but that doesn't fly. Just because there's something 'like it' doesn't mean it isn't an invention or a patent. Patents can be based off of other patents or ideas.


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