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List of Patents This appears to be the guts of the billion dollar suite: Patent Application #US20080168404 "rubber-banding" patent: Yes for all devices. Patent Application #US20080168384 "pinch-to-zoom" patent: Yes for all devices except for Intercept and Replenish smartphones. Patent Application #US20080094368 "tap-to-zoom" patent: Yes for Droid Charge, ...


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I think this about covers it. There is even a video that shows each part of it. http://mashable.com/2010/10/27/aislebuyer/ Article dated: Oct 27, 2010 AisleBuyer believes it can make the in-store experience more like its online counterpart. Its recently launched iPhone app enables customers to scan product bar codes for further information, reviews, and ...


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I have been a GIS professional since 1969. I helped design and program two major GIS software packages. The first was a system called MOSS (Map Overlay and Statistical System). This fully interactive GIS package was deployed in 1978. MOSS had a command line interface that allowed the user to select map layers of interest (including attribute filters) and ...


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As John Daniel has commented, they reference those very examples of prior art you cite. Even though there is prior art it doesn't invalidate the patent because Apple have substantially improved on it. The novel parts are: A symmetrical connector that can can be coupled in two or more orientations (claims 1-33) The magnets within a connector are arranged in ...


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Design patents are often granted for relatively small changes but then they have a corresponding narrow scope. In this case Page 2 of this design patent D661296 lists all of the prior art the examiner took into consideration. The Sony X505 is listed as well as a couple of dozen other things. All of those cited references are - by definition - not the same ...


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Amazon's App? Nov 2010 http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/1899820/amazon-goes-store-sales-barcode-scanner-app-video Using the app consumers can scan a product barcode, photograph a product, or say its name into their handset to access instant pricing information. They can then purchase the item through Amazon's one-click ordering system within the ...


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This seems an obvious development to stuff that opera were doing with their mini browser in 2007. In their version, you zoom to parts of the screen by tapping them. Evolving the Internet on your phone: Designing web sites with Opera Mini 4 in mind


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Here are the Apple patents either claimed or proved to be infringed by Samsung. Here's a list of them with brief description: '381 patent Besides the "rubber band" effect where a page "bounces" when a user scrolls to the bottom, '381 also includes touch-screen actions like dragging documents and multi-touch capabilities like pinch to zoom and twist to ...


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AltaVista released "AltaVista Discovery" in 1998. This was an application that ran on your local PC, and maintained a locally-stored index of your documents and emails. It also provided a browser toolbar via which you could launch a search, specifying whether you wanted to search your local files or the web. Regardless of whether you performed a web search ...


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This document from 1999 describes a distributed search system, and the claims from the Apple patent look like a subset of the capabilities: http://www.kmworld.com/Articles/Editorial/Feature/Excalibur-RetrievalWare-more-than-information-retrieval--9139.aspx This paragraph is illustrative. "The product offers a single interface for searching for information ...


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Complete integrated self-checkout system and method US 6507279, June 6, 2003 Seems seminal in that over 50 later patents cite it. I do not see it on the IDS already submitted by Apple. From abstract An integrated self-checkout system and method incorporates . . . and pricing to be directed to a specific individual. The customer uses either a cell ...


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1987, William Shatner narrates a video about GRASS GIS, a system released in 1982 that covers: Claims 1-7 Claims 10-15 Claims 17-21 NOT claims 16 or 22 Claims 23-28 Claims 50-54


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In Delphi7 there were several DBLookup components which make that, take an input and show a list of results using the input as a partial input. DBLookup Text v.2.0 FWS 4 k 09 Apr 1999 By Steve Flynn. Its a Label control that sources its text from a Database Field. The contents of this field is not actually displayed, but is used as a Lookup ...


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Interestingly - patent US7836044 (Google instant) sounds exceedingly similar. A search system monitors the input of a search query by a user. Before the user finishes entering the search query, the search system identifies and sends a portion of the query as a partial query to the search engine. Based on the partial query, the search engine creates a set of ...


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I don't think the right standard here is whether "double tap to zoom" has been done. Rather, it needs to be separated into two parts: have people used double-tap as a user interface input, and have people used zooming as a user interface verb? If you don't separate them, you might imagine an analogous "Ctrl+Q to search" patent. While it's unlikely that ...


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George White nails all of the important points as usual. US20120185456 is a Patent Application not a granted patent. Until and unless it is issued it does not prohibit you from doing anything. In some sense anyone can file a patent application which says anything. The patent which is allowed may be much narrower than what is described in the ...


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OpenStreetMap was founded in 2004: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/History_of_OpenStreetMap A 'plurality of the layers of information superimposed upon one another' is the normal display for this map. Information layers, such as highways, are defined through tags. Here's an example of the highway tag/layer and all the edits made to it since the year ...


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I am the author of FlightMaster for PalmOS. It is a GPS mapping program for pilots, running PalmOS devices, and has been available since 2002. It is an example of prior art in the following ways: Multiple layers of information, including airfields, various types of airspace etc, navigation aids and terrain. Layers stored in multiple databases within the ...


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It sounds amazingly similar to what we have been doing at Spamex (http://www.spamex.com) since 2000. Spamex has a browser plugin to create Disposable Email Addresses, Spamex is Bi-Directional (replies are routed through Spamex and ths re-anonymized), Spamex routes mail sent to Disposable Email Addresses to any of the Real Email Addresses registered with the ...


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Is there anything in the claim that is not in a query made to a distributed database where some of the database is accessed over a network and some of it is on disks attached to the local machine? For example, the textbook, Principles of distributed database systems, by M. Tamer Özsu, Patrick Valduriez, second edition published 1999 discusses not just ...


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This is another system which searches local files and remote storage http://radiographics.rsna.com/content/19/2/523.full List item "To find a requested image, a strategy called “multipath search” is implemented for view stations in our PACS. When an image is requested, the view station used for retrieval searches the local hard disk first. If the image is ...


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This article combines heuristic web searches: @article{gauch1996profusion, title={ProFusion*: Intelligent fusion from multiple, distributed search engines}, author={Gauch, S. and Wang, G. and Gomez, M.}, journal={Journal of Universal Computer Science}, volume={2}, number={9}, pages={637--649}, year={1996} } This article implements local site ...


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Sherlock in MacOS 8.5 does not cover everything in the patent claim, but it does most of it and could serve to restrict what is considered novel in the claim and show it to be obvious. Sherlock was a feature introduced by Apple in Mac OS 8.5, released in 1998. It was a search tool with two tabs, one for local file search, one for Internet search. This ...


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Applying the criteria that you quote from section 112, the question is not whether you can build the same parser element but whether you can build the invention - perhaps using any one of several parsers to satisfy the parser element of the invention. Not every element of a claimed invention has to be defined in excruciating detail. The question is whether ...


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Palm OS had a system-wide search that would call each program's main function with an argument to do a search (typed in a text field in a search dialog). The call to main was on the stack of the search system without even fully launching each application. Each program could display the results that it chose based on its own search. (Mykland, Robert. Palm OS ...


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According to this time-restricted google search, this image was indexed before October 8, 2009. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there's a date on the website itself. If anybody knows a way to tell when google first indexed a page, that would be helpful. The WayBackMachine's first and only index was on November 7, 2010.


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Columbia Masterworks, now held by Sony, used a very similar logo on their 78 RPM records for a number of years. The following images have examples, visible at the top center of each image. While I have no hard release dates for these, the 78 fell out of common usage by around 1950, so they clearly predate Apple. (As this is my first post and I have little ...


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In my opinion patent US20120105464, filed by Google on May 31, 2011 , shows the exact same image (see Figure 5). The only difference is that the cylinder in Apple's case has a radius of 0, so there would be no curve to the page turn. The other difference is that Google actually describes how the invention works, while Apple simply shows what it looks like. ...


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The broadest claim of this patent is claim 1: A circuit configuration for a capacitive touch switch, the circuit configuration comprising: at least one sensor circuit containing: a capacitive sensor element changing its capacitance value when touched; a capacitor connected in parallel with said capacitive sensor element and defining a parallel ...


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US patent 6595417 Published Jul 22, 2003 Filing date May 17, 2002 Priority date Jun 26, 1996 A system and method for an information system for use by customers in a retail shopping environment are provided. The system includes a host computer and a portable terminal for use by a customer. The portable terminal is located within a retail environment and ...


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