Apple seeking to patent Mac OS X Leopard’s Spaces?

“On September 27, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application titled Methods of manipulating a screen space of a display device. Embodiments of the invention relate to graphical user interfaces (”GUIs”). More particularly, embodiments of the invention relate to methods of manipulating a screen space in a display device. On one hand the description of screen space strongly suggests that this patent could be relating to Apple’s forthcoming OS feature known as Spaces and yet certain embodiments suggest otherwise,” Neo reports for MacNN.

Read the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. First, I admit I haven’t read the full text of the patent application. However, Spaces is just an Apple implementation of the age-old virtual desktop that’s been in use in various flavors of *nix for decades. How is Apple’s rendition not “obvious”? I thought Apple is on the camp of fighting to get rid of frivolous patents?

  2. Just because one holds a patent does not mean they have to enforce it through the courts.

    I think Apple has been burned by patent lawyers one too many time to not patent what they do… really, I think they are just covering their asses so as not to be sued by some a-hole who puts in a patent just to litigate later.

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