Questions tagged [user-interface]

Question relates to the means by which the user and a computer system interact, in particular the use of input devices and software.

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Separate or single provisional patent application/s for an algorithm and presentation

I am working on drafting a provisional patent application (PPA) for an algorithm (which is novel, non-obvious and useful) and the presentation of the result of running of the algorithm on some data. ...
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Does Apple have patents on basic UIKit classes?

When it comes to UIs, many different UI toolkits exist such as Qt, GTK, Motif, and UIKit. So I would be surprised if it turned out that common features of UIKit which appear on many platforms as well ...
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Prior art for layout managers, as used on all computers and the rendering of the very patent itself

In reference to the patent US20160267056 From a quick read I have the impression this patent applies to any layout manager on computers as they have been around since the early days of computing, ...
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Patent image irrelevant to claims

I am looking at a particular patent where they are claiming a GUI (graphical user interface) that contains a draggable interactive controller as a critical element of the invention. But one of the ...
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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

I have an app whose purpose isn't novel, but the way the GUI helps serve that purpose is. There are many apps built for this same purpose, but not a single one of them have a GUI similar to mine. I'm ...
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Patent WO 2014122535 A2 (US 14/172,685): User Interface, prior art exists

I studied this patent (pending) and it seems obvious to me that prior art apply on: System for organizing and displaying information on a display device WO2014122535A2 US20140223313 Application ...
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UI Interface on Paper53?

Is the UI interface on Paper53 patented? Specifically, the screen with the open book where you flip between the pages.
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Does the button "Like" with thumb up icon protected with author rights [closed]

I heard that Facebook has rights to Like buttons with thumb up icon. I'm creating a commercial web-app, in which users can Like something. So can I make "Like" button with thumb up icon (not exactly ...
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PRIOR ART REQUEST: Issued patent US 8255828 B2 (Microsoft): Ribbon UI

Patent US 8255828 B2 (publication US 10/955,967, assigned to Microsoft), Command user interface for displaying selectable software functionality controls, is the main patent protecting the Ribbon UI. ...
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Product Comparison Tables - Adjusting criteria for product comparison (CompareMetrics) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON product comparison table interfaces - This application from CompareMetrics (funded by FLOODGATE Ventures) seeks to patent the idea of...Comparing products for a user by ...
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Patent application US20120203725 conflicting with a older publication

This patent application claims that the collaborative merging of brain signals is a new invention. However, in an article by Yijun Wang and Tzyy-Ping Jung entitled "A Collaborative Brain-Computer ...
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User Interface - Transforming display elements within zooming user interface (Prezi) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON zooming ...
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If I write a program with all original code, is it still subject to patent law?

This is a question that has bothered my for some time now. This question is not about copyright or trademark law, the example would be a clear violation of that. This is the example: If I write a ...
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User Interface - Changing icon appearance based on frequency of use (Samsung) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DISPLAYING ICONS - This application from Samsung seeks to patent the idea of... changing icon appearance based on their frequency of use! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow ...
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Non-obviousness of user interfaces based on a new input device

The new Leap Motion device lets your devices "see" ten-finger motions in real-time 3-D. I see no published patent application yet, but the device is described on the website. Microsoft has applied ...
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Use of a patented technology

What is the best method to request use of a patented technology for use in a specific project? Is it possible to develop a simple agreement for a specific project or is it necessay to enter into a ...
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Microsoft have submitted a patent for a whack to silence a phone ringer. How similar does prior art have to be?

Microsoft has filed for a patent on a new technique that allow users of mobile devices to silence them by delivering a firm whack. From The Register: Patent application 20120231838, aka CONTROLLING ...
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