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Microsoft Files Patent for Apple's iPad Page Turning

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 10 comments

Could Apple be forced to license a Microsoft technology for the iPad?

Apple was very proud to show its fancy page-turning animation for its iBooks app on the iPad and iPhone. The touch-gesture controlled motion would translate into a page flipping animation that would go as slow or quick as the user wanted. It's commonplace for Apple to incorporate little touches like that in its user experience – except Microsoft may have thought of it first.

In a patent application submitted by Microsoft on January 7, 2009 called "Virtual Page Turn," Microsoft describes:

One or more pages are displayed on a touch display. A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. The virtual page turn actively follows the page-turning gesture. The virtual page turn curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page. A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page. A page-flipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages.

What's described here is basically what happens for page turns on the Apple devices. Of course, there are other applications on the iPhone and iPad that also use this page turn animation, even before Apple adopted it for iBooks.

Time will tell if Microsoft gets ownership of this e-reading feature.

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    LePhuronn , 12 July 2010 21:16
    And? Patenting an animation is ridiculous - I was using it ten years ago, so should I sue Microsoft?

    Patent system needs an overhaul, but it'll be interesting to see if Microsoft do anything about this.
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    bv90andy , 12 July 2010 21:26
    This is just too much... that's just an animation.
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    excalibur1814 , 12 July 2010 21:46
    They are probably covering themselves as if they don't, someone, somewhere, will eventually sue Microsoft. You know it, I know it, everyone etc.

    "increased transparency" COr!
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    excalibur1814 , 12 July 2010 21:47
    P.s. Page turning has been available for years SO IS IT SUDDENLY the Ipad page turning?
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    andybird123 , 12 July 2010 22:59
    even if they do get this patent, surely if they try to sue anyone (or apple) they can just claim prior art as their defence...
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    Anonymous , 12 July 2010 23:30
    Like there's no prior art for that! The British Library has a page turning virtual library that dates back to 2006 (Google "British library virtual books").

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    simon12 , 12 July 2010 23:33
    I might file a patent for turning pages on a real book
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    longerlife , 13 July 2010 01:05
    Apple copied it from thousands of Flash websites that have been using it for years, then they blocked Flash content and hoped no one would notice....
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    silver565 , 13 July 2010 04:02
    People will sure Microsoft for looking at them funny. You can sue anyone for pretty well anything in the U.S
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    ksampanna , 16 July 2010 02:52
    So maybe we all should get sued for turning pages ...