“The WHDA USPTO Litigation Alert blog just listed last week’s reexamination requests filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the targets of those filings include two Apple design patents covering the on-screen representation of a page turn,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.
“One of these patents, U.S. Design Patent No. D670,713, was granted on November 13, 2012, received significant media coverage in mid-November and provoked quite some outrage because the idea of a page-turn animation appeared too basic and the resultant monopoly too broad to many observers,” Mueller reports. “The other one, U.S. Design Patent No. D669,906, granted on October 30, 2012, raises the same questions.”
Mueller reports, “Someone is now trying to shoot both these design patents down before they ever get asserted in litigation.”
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Apple granted U.S. design patents for iBooks page-turning animation, iPad Smart Case – November 13, 2012