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post #21 of 34
I have to wonder how much cost all the legal crap flinging is adding to our products. Even if it doesn't cost very much overall, it's still a huge waste of humanity.
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Originally Posted by Artev View Post

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Minority_Report it was written in 1956!!!

The point was already made. It was still real technology from MS around 2001. When the book was written was irrelevant, so is the whole reference to the movie. Only relevant fact here is Microsoft's work in 2001.
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NOT again frown.gif
 
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post #24 of 34
Form follows function. Touch gestures should not be patentable. Consumer doesn't want to learn new gestures everytime they switch brands.

Why don't they patent double-tap while they are at it.
Edited by .:hybrid:. - 6/26/12 at 10:26pm
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The most important rule, however, is that an invention will not normally be patentable if:

the invention was known to the public before it was "invented" by the individual seeking patent protection;
the invention was described in a publication more than one year prior to the filing date; or
the invention was used publicly, or offered for sale to the public more than one year prior to the filing date.
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Apple credits Victor Tiscareno, John Tang and Stephen Zadesky as the inventors of this patent which was originally filed in Q1 2008
From the article cited int he source from the OP

I have a hard time believing that this technology was not around prior to 2007, but so far everything checks out.

My pet peave is how long it took the patent office to get around to approving this, and furthermore, that such things that are essentially standards are being allowed be patented after such widespread adoption. At the very least we need to fix this 4.5year lag time so that companies dont get caught in recursive "gotcha" patent law traps like this. It's absurd and a glowing example of how patent law is stifling innovation in the software/digital industries market.

EDIT: Is it just me or does user interfaceand general user experience seem like something that should be exempt from patenting? I mean, think about it. Half the point of UX Design is delivering something that is intuitive. You shouldn't be allowed to patent things that are derived from what is considered to be intuitive behavior, as that effectively gives a first person out of the gate advantage and locks any later/smaller players out of the race entirely. Look at game console controllers, all of the good d-pad designs are patented, thats why xbox has a not-so-accurate d-pad and an unusual controller layout: Sony, Sega and Nintendo already got the goods, and as you extrapolate this, it gets harder and harder for newcomers to establish themselves without either being sued into oblivion or crippled by being forced to use non-standard, non-intuitive, unnecessarily complicated designs/interfaces. Patents have a place, but this is getting way out of hand.

I don't even know if this is a bad thing anymore, I mean. Now that its a widely adopted standard, I find it hard to beleive that the courts are seriously going to order a complete reversal of the standards/markets. The public would not respond well to that, niether would the companies. As sucky as it is, this may be what we need to kickstart patent reform.
Edited by TheSprunk - 6/26/12 at 11:06pm
    
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post #26 of 34
Next up, Apple patents the letter "A". No electronic device will be allowed to be manufactured using it. They've already set aside 100 billion to sue over it.

THAT'S how ridiculous this is.
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post #27 of 34
I'm going to patent using an upward motion to zip up pants, so I can sue levis for millions


buahahaha.



No one should be allowed to patent something that has ever existed prior to the patent application. I was rotating documents like a madman on windows 95. ctrl+shift+right rotates your whole screen!

When society collapses in december, I am driving straight to cupertino to dismantle Apple. They better have a bigger gang than me, its only an 8 hour drive.
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post #28 of 34
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Originally Posted by votum View Post

I'm going to patent using an upward motion to zip up pants, so I can sue levis for millions
buahahaha.

Please do, I prefer buttons om my jeans smile.gif
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post #29 of 34
I'm thinking about patenting double-click...
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post #30 of 34
Oh, so tell me how you can patent something you claim you invented on 2008 when the M3DS's media player already had it...

IN 2006.
   
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