Apple wins portable device UI 'scroll bar' patent

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  • Reply 41 of 73
    schmidm77schmidm77 Posts: 223member

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    Originally Posted by bighype View Post


    You're obviously an Android troll. There's so many ways to have scroll bars on a window (go look at your favorite desktop OS) and none of these are patented or the patents have long expired. When Apple unveiled their phone in 2007, it had a unique way to display them and Google copied that particular, Apple created, way. Had they spent the time & energy on INVENTING NEW STUFF instead of RIPPING OTHERS OFF, they wouldn't be in such sad shape today.


     


    You can cry all you want about patents but RIPPING OFF innovative companies SHOULD have a price. Google and Samsung don't invent much and just blatantly copy Apple and save money on R&D and design. It's time they paid the price.


     


    Cheaters are always caught. Stealing NEVER pays off.



     


    You mean like the notification center in iOS?

  • Reply 42 of 73
    sensisensi Posts: 346member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bighype View Post


    You're obviously an Android troll. There's so many ways to have scroll bars on a window (go look at your favorite desktop OS) and none of these are patented or the patents have long expired. When Apple unveiled their phone in 2007, it had a unique way to display them and Google copied that particular, Apple created, way. Had they spent the time & energy on INVENTING NEW STUFF instead of RIPPING OTHERS OFF, they wouldn't be in such sad shape today.


     


    You can cry all you want about patents but RIPPING OFF innovative companies SHOULD have a price. Google and Samsung don't invent much and just blatantly copy Apple and save money on R&D and design. It's time they paid the price.


     


    Cheaters are always caught. Stealing NEVER pays off.



    Lol? Your pavlovian drivel is so funny. Nearly every software so-called patent are ridiculed over the whole world, have you not noticed? Idiotic and ubiquitous UI elements like scroll bars are not patentable according to everybody excepting for the failed US patent office which grants anything while taking its cut, just to have the so-called patents invalidated later in courts.

  • Reply 43 of 73

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    Originally Posted by Shidell View Post


     


    I just patented breathing. Hold it.



     


    Patented already; code= Gen2:7

  • Reply 44 of 73
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,428member
    Strange there are so many anti-Apple trolls on a site called "AppleInsider". Guess the Android users are feeling heat.

    You said it. I doubt too many Apple enthusiasts feel the need to reciprocate on their web sites (I assume they have some, I wouldn't''t know to be honest) , we are too busy using our Apple gear. Web traffic data seems to indicate Android users use those devices as door stops..
  • Reply 45 of 73
    cycomikocycomiko Posts: 716member

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    Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post


     


    I don't think you understand the patent system.  You don't get a patent unless it's a unique and/or new implementation or process.  The patent office doesn't just hand them out to anyone who applies.  



     


    the USA patent office does not appear to require the same level of novelty as other world patent offices.  Especially through some patent offices, which is why tech patents are oftne funnelled through certain offices.

  • Reply 46 of 73
    cycomikocycomiko Posts: 716member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bighype View Post


    . Google and Samsung don't invent much and just blatantly copy Apple and save money on R&D and design. It's time they paid the price.


     


    Cheaters are always caught. Stealing NEVER pays off.



     

    Samsung has large volumes of patents, more than apple iirc.  Just Apples are fairy targeted.


     


    Apple has not been excessively successful showing "blatant copying" with Samsung yet, and has not really taken the fight to google. 

  • Reply 47 of 73

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    Originally Posted by gabe1k View Post


    These were my thoughts initially. But then I remembered that it really doesn't matter if they hold the patent, it's if they go after anyone over it. And if Apple didn't get invent it, someone else would have.


    I guess we just have to wait and see what they do with it.



     


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tylersdad View Post


    And THAT is what's wrong with the current patent system.



     


    I was able to fix your statement, gabe1k, but tylersdad's brain fart was too outrageous to fix.

  • Reply 48 of 73
    sr2012sr2012 Posts: 896member
    Is this rubber-banding? Edit: OK just the disappearing scroll bars and dynamically-sized scroll bars. A worthy invention in my mind. Fixed scroll bars have been around for... oh, decades? Good on ya Apple (and whoever else Apple is supposed to have copied or what not).
  • Reply 49 of 73


    You're just wrong.


     


    "But the reason patents are especially bad for software is that software isn’t some single invention where you can point to a single new idea. Not at all. All relevant software is a hugely complex set of very detailed rules, and there are millions of small and mostly trivial ideas rather than some single clever idea that can be patented. The worth of the software is not in any of those single small decisions, but in the whole.  It’s also distressing to see that people patent ‘ideas’. It’s not even a working “thing”; it’s just a small way of doing things that you try to patent, just to have a weapon in an economic fight. Sad. Patents have lost all redeeming value, if they ever had any. ‘" - Linus Torvalds src http://techledger.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/linus-torvalds-on-patents/


     


     


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    Originally Posted by schmidm77 View Post


     


    The whole point of patents is to grant a monopoly. I agree that this patent is ridiculous, but I don't agree that software patents should never enjoy patent protection. Similar to if you develop a new type of pump that is 20% more efficient at pumping water (which is patentable), if you develop a clever new technique for video compression that is 20% more efficient, I think that should be equally patentable.


  • Reply 50 of 73
    bighypebighype Posts: 148member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Sensi View Post


    Lol? Your pavlovian drivel is so funny. Nearly every software so-called patent are ridiculed over the whole world, have you not noticed? Idiotic and ubiquitous UI elements like scroll bars are not patentable according to everybody excepting for the failed US patent office which grants anything while taking its cut, just to have the so-called patents invalidated later in courts.



     


    They're "ridiculed over the whole world" by freetards and commies who think that nothing should be patentable. If some company spends few years and billions of R&D, they should be rewarded for it. All these thieves shouldn't be able to just come along, copy everything and undercut the company that spent years and billions on development. 


     




    Quote:

    Originally Posted by schmidm77 View Post


     


    You mean like the notification center in iOS?


     




     


    Have you seen Newton's notification center? Go take a look. I'll wait.


     


    Also, show me Google's notification center patent.


     


    And it's so funny how far you're reaching when Android is nothing more than a bad ripoff of iOS. Have you seen Android before iPhone? It was a BlackBerry OS ripoff. But after iPhone unveil, it was transformed into an iPhone ripoff.

  • Reply 51 of 73
    nikon133nikon133 Posts: 2,600member
    Patented already; code= Gen2:7

    Invented, yes. Patented, no! There was no patent office back in the days ;)
  • Reply 52 of 73
    nikon133nikon133 Posts: 2,600member
    You said it. I doubt too many Apple enthusiasts feel the need to reciprocate on their web sites (I assume they have some, I wouldn't''t know to be honest) , we are too busy using our Apple gear. Web traffic data seems to indicate Android users use those devices as door stops..

    Oh, they do - trust me. Having general interest in technology, I am orbiting MS, Apple and Goggle-centric sites. Each of them has resident "behind-enemy-lines" commando forces. Just the nature of the things. A lot of people "feel" they need to defend their brand and their choices beyond any reason.
  • Reply 53 of 73
    sr2012sr2012 Posts: 896member
    bighype wrote: »
    They're "ridiculed over the whole world" by freetards and commies who think that nothing should be patentable. If some company spends few years and billions of R&D, they should be rewarded for it. All these thieves shouldn't be able to just come along, copy everything and undercut the company that spent years and billions on development. 



    Have you seen Newton's notification center? Go take a look. I'll wait.

    Also, show me Google's notification center patent.

    And it's so funny how far you're reaching when Android is nothing more than a bad ripoff of iOS. Have you seen Android before iPhone? It was a BlackBerry OS ripoff. But after iPhone unveil, it was transformed into an iPhone ripoff.
    nikon133 wrote: »
    Oh, they do - trust me. Having general interest in technology, I am orbiting MS, Apple and Goggle-centric sites. Each of them has resident "behind-enemy-lines" commando forces. Just the nature of the things. A lot of people "feel" they need to defend their brand and their choices beyond any reason.

    Check out iBooks for Newton. Old skool, man. But very interesting.
    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/0307735ANPMOSUG.pdf

    BTW OMG! Newton copied Android!

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  • Reply 54 of 73
    sr2012sr2012 Posts: 896member
    nikon133 wrote: »
    Invented, yes. Patented, no! There was no patent office back in the days ;)

    Yeah, God called. He patented everything. You'll be hearing from His laywers.
  • Reply 55 of 73
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,671member
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  • Reply 56 of 73
    wovelwovel Posts: 956member

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    Originally Posted by caliminius View Post


     


    No offense...



    I deleted the rest where you found 6 different ways to say you did not read the patent.

  • Reply 57 of 73
    <div align="center"><img src="http://photos.appleinsidercdn.com/12.07.17-Scroll-2.jpg" alt="Scroll Bar Size" width="571" height="824" border="0"><br><span class="minor2">

    It's just me or this is the same interface used in Android for messages?
    I mean the word suggested just below the input area..
  • Reply 58 of 73
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,619moderator
    Umm I'm an Apple fan and all but really???

    You mean there's absolutely no prior art to this?  I had J2ME apps that I built that did this.

    You built a J2ME app for a multi-touch mobile device that had an on-screen bar, which was not a scroll-bar that could be interacted with and moved in the opposite direction of your gesture, was translucent and appeared/disappeared based on screen contact before 2007? M'okay.

    Even if there's prior art before the filing, Apple has prior art all the way back to the first multi-touch device with this kind of scrolling technique. If they enforce this, Android and Windows Phone 7 are screwed and rightly so.

    Apple doesn't want a repeat of this event:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/03/06/apple_thanks_microsoft_for_inventing/

    These things seem basic and obvious once you see them and use them but the day before you saw them, they weren't and that's the whole point.

    You could question why patents are allowed on core features but those are the most important features as they are used all the time.

    Galaxy S3 injunction incoming, get them patches ready Google.
  • Reply 59 of 73
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,302member
  • Reply 60 of 73
    el3ktroel3ktro Posts: 52member


    Does anybody know when this feature has been introduced in iOS? Just watched a vide of the iPhone introduction and didn't see those scroll bars.

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