At a minimum, I'd think they do not have a valid claim to the auto capitalization.
I haven't found anything on the auto-insertion of the period, but the claim for autocapitalization documented in claims 16(B)2, which is getting ready to capitalize the next string, and 16(C), which describes actually doing so, appears to have prior art:
The Apple Newton, ...
Published in 1996
CBC Radio on the Internet: An Experiment in Convergence
Andrew S. Patrick, Alex Black, Thomas E. Whalen
An experimental trial was conducted to determine: (1) if there was any demand for regular radio programming distributed as digital audio files over the Internet, (2) if the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was willing ...
USENET is full of examples of prior art as listed. Especially alt.internet.talk-radio.
Here's a post about some serious downloadable files used for the Internet
Copied below is the disseminated FAQ on the ...
Emacs has a feature for that (sentence-end-double-space). I checked out the sources from 1994 and this option was in fact there at that time.
What happens when two spaces are encountered is configurable by the user, a period is not specified. It is however obvious by the name of the option that it signifies that the sentence has ended.
From the EMACS ...
GUI Capture and replay testing using bitmaps is mentioned here as problematic(1997):
Model based GUI Testing (Apr 15, 2003):
Uses bitmaps if no other option is available
This patent utilizes the most common portrait lens, the 85mm, on a lighting setup that has been in common use for decades. This would only make sense to someone who knows nothing about commercial photography. I see it was filed in 2011 so it isn't like they were short on time to do a thorough review. There is nothing new or novel about this procedure.
1999: General prior art on "progress indicators": http://www.mit.edu/~jtidwell/language/progress_indicator.html
Relating to using animations:
"Animation is often used to good effect in this pattern; motion draws
the user's attention, and its cessation implies a new relaxed, stable
state of being ("the process is done, so you can relax now")."
This is a pop fly if you know your image formats. Take for example the Progressive JPEG format, which is originally from ISO/IEC 10918, which dates to 1994:
This shows early pixels in a blocky format while the image continues to download. Progressive JPEGs weren't original either, they were ...
Back in 1995 we founded Precept Software (a California corporation) to develop video distribution systems for the internet.
As part of our product we had a "program guide" that aggregated content information - some from SD announcements on the mbone, others from scheduled content, others from recorded content. This presented a web page that a user could ...
These claims read like the feature list of the Enterprise Objects Framework introduced by Next in 1994, as part of their software development platform written in Objective-C. It was also part of their WebObjects web development platform, introduced in 1996. In 1999 they released a Java version of WebObjects, including EOF translated to Java. Here is an EOF ...
Broadcast.com comes to mind
Broadcast.com used the RealAudio player to embed into web pages streaming audio. It was used in a variety of different ways to disseminate sound files. According to Wikipedia the original launch date of RealAudio was April, 1995.
Broadcast.com had a large assortment of programs indexed and listed in a number of ways to allow ...
Drum tuning as compared to tuning most musical instruments does not involve detecting simple series of harmonically related notes (same note in different octaves), but different unrelated notes generated by the sundry different length physical paths that different head resonances travel over.
060 claim 1 with several means combined describes applying a ...
Some of these might help.
Just saw this:
I created my own page and added a link to an FTP site in Denmark that hosted a sound collection among other things. I wanted to see if the NeXT and Tim’s WWW browser would be able to pass the sound to a player. I think it did, but I really can’t remember if it did.
Patent for "A credit card size portable system ...
Non-Cited Prior Art Found
I find it amusing that Jesse Aronstein was mentioned via patent US4741242 in the asserted US8502060 patent, yet Aronstein's US4457203 was not. I know that all inventors get a bug in them and never stop inventing. I know if you've ever had a patent, you want more. Why would you cite someone in your patent and not do your full ...
This patent may be specific, but certainly not novel. See Avedon, or any product photo in recent years. This is a great example of the system off its rails restraining innovation, and this is from someone who love Amazon.
Also, I don't think that specific prior art is the issue here. Given the problem this is solving, a person skilled in the art would have come to this solution. Therefore, it is not an invention. There is no inventive step, only application of the art.
The Wikipedia page says:
"Further, the combination of previously known elements can be considered obvious. ...
As far as prior art, here is a post from 2007 describing this as a "classic method".
The specifics of the settings are built in settings on the camera and that is probably the most commonly used portrait lens so nothing is being invented.
To put it another way, this would be like ...
The (then) Borland (today: Embarcadero) Delphi programming language & RAD development environment has been accessing databases with objects since at least 1995.
Delphi is both the name of an the "Object Pascal" programming language and a RAD Object Oriented Integrated Development Environment, which since it's first version provided objects for ...
What about one of the episodic / serial ASCII / ANSI / art / "Demo Scene" newsletters that were were part of the "BBS" culture?
They frequently included music audio, but even Text was listed above as one of the formats in the patent. Here is a page with links to the monthly installments of ACID, I believe it included visuals and music. Dated 1995:
Internet CNN Newsroom, for distribution of daily video content, described in IEEE proceedings, May 1995.
CBC Radio on the internet study, Q1 1996, wherein experimental internet data was collected to measure ...
"Improving Web Server Performance by Caching Dynamic Data" (with Jim Challenger). In Proceedings of the USENIX 1997 Symposium on Internet Technologies and Systems (USITS '97), Monterey, CA, December 1997.
This is a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) application. As such, it is never granted. The PCT system allows one application to stand for 140+ applications in as many locations. Only those actual patent offices can grant a patent. In any case, even if you pulled up the publication of a US application that had subsequently resulted in an issued patent, that ...
The following patent documents might help. There are four of them with their priority dates mentioned. You should consult you patent attorneys to obtain the full text and claims of these patent/patent applications from respective offices.
Abstract- PURPOSE: An electronic commerce system for glasses through an image is provided ...
At Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar http://kalvos.org/ we began offering multiple examples of musical material on our website, organized by composer, in 1994.
Our earliest files were Midi; these probably don't count, but they date to 3/14/94.
The oldest audio file still available on our site is dated 11/9/1995 in TrueSpeech format. Examples in MP2 ...
It would also seem that any number of List-serv systems for transferring links, newsletters, and serialized media would fit the bill for prior art in this instance. Not to mention the mechanisms for streaming media presented by RealPlayer as early as 1995 would seem to include significant portions of the patent. With weekly shows such as Ask Dr. Science and ...
Seems similar to Internet Talk Radio/Geek of the Week (Carl Malamud, 1993, files for each episode with unique URLs). Not sure if this is the original domain, but here is the one I found.
This 1995 work is an automatic system for archiving news broadcasts, searching them by text, and playing them back on demand. It seems to hit most of the claims:
published as "Automatic Content-Based Retrieval of Broadcast News "
in Proceedings ACM Multimedia 95,
November 5-9, 1995 San Francisco, ...
HTTP State Management Mechanism by David M. Kristol of AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lou Montulli of Netscape Communications Corp from February 1997
This memo explains the creation of cookies to track users and gives examples of usage including "a magazine browsing system, in which a user's previous reading affects which ...
It really looks like the Sikuli project.
Sikuli Script automates anything you see on the screen. It uses image
recognition to identify and control GUI components. It is useful when
there is no easy access to a GUI's internal or source code.
They have two academic papers that can be useful to represent Prior Art:
Sikuli: Using GUI Screenshots for ...
1) us5600789, FIG. 15 (1992)
Automated GUI testing in which machine 1 executes a test which monitors and controls a GUI running on machine 2. Looks pretty solid.
Citations on front page look helpful.
3) US 2002/0029259 (1991)
At least the key features, if not all.
4) User Interface Softbots (Sept 2003)
"This thesis focuses on the concept ...