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Apple Wins Mobile Patent On Displaying Lists, Documents

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  • Re:I don't get it (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @12:05AM (#40681819)

    I don't quite see the business model of filing an idiotically general patent, waiting around, suing someone for using it, spending millions defending it in court, and getting the patent thrown out and paying the competitor's legal fees.

    By suing someone you slow down their ability to bring competing products to the market.

  • Re:I don't get it (Score:4, Informative)

    by CosmeticLobotamy (155360) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @12:10AM (#40681857)

    It's not general, the summary is just dumb. As far as I can tell, it's a patent on a scrollbar that disappears when you're not dragging the view. If that's right, it's certainly a crummy patent, but not a general one.

  • But Apple's law firm does, and you nicely described all of the revenue generating functions.

    Of course there's a difference between a business model predicated on bringing something of value to society and the business model of a rent seeking parasite that only owes its existence to an unaddressed inefficiency.

  • Re:UITableView (Score:4, Informative)

    by harperska (1376103) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @12:30AM (#40681975)

    No, they patented the behavior of the scroll bar in UITableView, not the view itself like the summary makes it sound.

  • Re:I don't get it (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @12:59AM (#40682131)

    How about clicking the link and reading the description. It's actually pretty specific about it.

    I mean, fuck Apple, but don't just jump on that bandwagon.

    "Abstract
    In a computer-implemented method, a portion of an electronic document is displayed on the touch screen display. The displayed portion of the electronic document has a vertical position in the electronic document. An object is detected on or near the displayed portion of the electronic document. In response to detecting the object on or near the displayed portion of the electronic document, a vertical bar is displayed on top of the displayed portion of the electronic document. The vertical bar has a vertical position on top of the displayed portion of the electronic document that corresponds to the vertical position in the electronic document of the displayed portion of the electronic document. After a predetermined condition is met, display of the vertical bar is ceased. The vertical bar is displayed for a predetermined time period when the portion of the electronic document is initially displayed."

  • by MacGyver2210 (1053110) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @02:34AM (#40682635)

    Steve's dead, man. Nobody left at Apple has the balls to throw out aggressive new products like the Jobs did. As much as I hate the guy and his company, he definitely knew his shit when it came to generating hype out of thin air.

  • Re:I don't get it (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @03:16AM (#40682859)

    It's not a very general patent. The broadest claim is:

    1. A method, comprising: at a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display: displaying a portion of an electronic document on the touch screen display, wherein the displayed portion of the electronic document has a vertical position in the electronic document; displaying a vertical bar on top of the displayed portion of the electronic document, the vertical bar displayed proximate to a vertical edge of the displayed portion of the electronic document, wherein: the vertical bar has a vertical position on top of the displayed portion of the electronic document that corresponds to the vertical position in the electronic document of the displayed portion of the electronic document; and the vertical bar is not a scroll bar; detecting a movement of an object in a direction on the displayed portion of the electronic document; in response to detecting the movement: scrolling the electronic document displayed on the touch screen display in the direction of movement of the object so that a new portion of the electronic document is displayed, moving the vertical bar to a new vertical position such that the new vertical position corresponds to the vertical position in the electronic document of the displayed new portion of the electronic document, and maintaining the vertical bar proximate to the vertical edge of the displayed portion of the electronic document; and in response to a predetermined condition being met, ceasing to display the vertical bar while continuing to display the displayed portion of the electronic document, wherein the displayed portion of the electronic document has a vertical extent that is less than a vertical extent of the electronic document.

    For a first claim, that's very specific.

  • Re:No it isn't (Score:3, Informative)

    by LordLucless (582312) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @03:31AM (#40682939)

    "In some portable devices, scroll bars are used to indicate the position in the document or list of the displayed portion. But scroll bars are fixed user interface features that take up valuable display screen area on an already small display screen."

    It's a scrollbar that disappears when you aren't using it. They're just trying to divorce it from the usual scrollbar to make it seem more novel.

    If someone is hit with a frivolous lawsuit and have a loose million, they have legal recourse available and could conceivably countersue Apple for court fees.

    FTFY

    If you don't think that this patent is valid, find some prior art. Otherwise if no one else has up to this point been using this idea, perhaps its more novel than most would consider now that it has been patented.

    Patents need more than to be novel. They need to be non-obvious to one skilled in the art. Just because you're the first to do something, doesn't mean you get a government-enforced monopoly on it. It's supposed to be something that significantly contributes to the body of human knowledge, something significant enough to be worth placing restrictions on the rest of the populace in order to find out how you did it.

    As for nobody using it, Ubuntu's had something very similar [omgubuntu.co.uk] for over a year. Of course, this wasn't on using a touchscreen, so of course, that makes Apple's implementation totally novel and innovative.

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