In context with other examples of prior art (such as Bump's application which allows you to trade contact information by knocking two phones together or the N900's Shake to Control app which controls music with similar movement) this seems like a potentially valuable piece of prior art.
In this case, Microsoft appears to have taken two well known concepts....
"Whack Gestures" (PDF) published by Hudson et al. at TEI 2010 seems to already cover this claim:
While we were initially motivated by ESM applications, we believe
other interactions could also benefit from this approach. Perhaps
most compelling of these is quickly responding to (or silencing) a
ringing cell phone.
Gestures are performed by ...
Microsoft Excel 2000 did this. Source:
The Excel short menus show the most popular commands. You can always get to the rest of the commands by clicking the chevron at the bottom of a menu to display the full menu. As you continue to use Excel, frequently used commands move to the short menus and unused commands move to the full menus.
"Displaying a ...
Also look at this research article: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00126652 ("Design and evaluation of an adaptive icon toolbar" published in 1996). In the abstract we see:
This paper describes the decision-making algorithm implemented in the bar. It also describes the bar's self-adaptive behavior of displaying the frequency of each icon's ...
While it's not silencing a communication device, surely the silencing of an alert noise would even date back to the old alarm clocks which were designed to be thrown at a wall to turn them off. Had a friend had one of those back in the 1990s. Might not be a direct example of prior art, but modifying it to be a communication device rather than an alarm clock ...
Tag cloud was my first thought too, although the typical tag cloud isn't based on the number of times click on an item in the cloud, rather the number of times the keyword appears somewhere (in the article, website, etc.)
Although, I did find this implementation of a tag cloud (http://www.solspace.com/docs/tag/cloud/) that does provide that functionality:
Although design patents might be a good way to go, you may be able to gain some measure of protection for your gui with copyright. The pdf found here provides more information than I can provide in this answer.
Look at the dependent claims and consider my answer to this question: Prior art for using a camera in self-driving cars.
You cannot do a full prior art analysis just by looking a one independent claim, especially not the first claim of a patent.
In addition, you have to read the entire specification of the patent to determine whether any of the terms in ...
A non final rejection was issued in November. Besides a rejection due to non patentable subject matter, 19 of the 20 claims were seen as anticipated by us2008/0165022, Hertz. The remaining claim was seen as obvious under Hertz in light of examiner's knowledge. You can look it up in public PAIR.
Also Hertz has been issued as US7671756 in 2010. I did not ...
Nintendo (or any other software manufacturer) can benefit from several forms of intellectual property protection to prevent copies and imitations, including utility patents but also design patents, trademarks and copyright. Besides intellectual property protection, other protections exist including laws against unfair competition or parasitic copying.
Wikipedia contains a page on Tag Cloud:
from June 7, 2005.
From the Patent Application:
Modifying the APPEARANCE OF AN ICON based on its FREQUENCY OF USE
From the Wikipedia article:
the more commonly used tags are displayed with a larger font or stronger emphasis
this implies ...
Um, isn't click+drag to zoom a ubiquitous example of these claims?
All three of those claims are trivial, and combining them doesn't create something non-trivial.
Every element in a GUI is already "encompassed by a frame"...the enclosing window. The click+drag is the user request for the other requirement of (1).
Data structures containing the objects (...
KDE 3.0 included UI tab elements that could be placed wherever you liked for whatever purpose (including tabbed toolbars). You could also select whether or not you wanted to display text, icons, or text+icons. 99% of the time applications put these tabs on the left or right of the page but I don't think that matters from the standpoint of the patent ...
I have been writing systems that do this since around 1999. Various papers describing these, e.g.:
Dron, J., Boyne, C., & Mitchell, R. (2001). Footpaths in the Stuff Swamp. Paper presented at the WebNet 2001, Orlando, Florida.
Describes how topic tags grow and shrink according to number of clicks. But these were words, not icons.
Dron, J. (2005). ...
There is so much prior art out there:
2008: Accelerometer-based Gestures for Openmoko's Neo FreeRunner and Nintendo's Wii Remote
2008: iphone shaking code
2009: gRmobile: A Framework for Touch and Accelerometer Gesture Recognition for Mobile Games
2009: uWave: Accelerometer-based Personalized Gesture
Recognition and Its Applications
A list of recently used applications is probably enough to invalidate this patent application.
It essentially displays the frequency of use of an application.
If it's unfrequently used, it will fall out of the list. If it's frequently used it will be included. Exclusion/inclusion in the list is the same as changing appearence as visible/invisible is a change ...
Not just Excel, Word as well, probably the whole office suite. Just replace 'icon' with 'menu item', and it describes the behaviour of the menus in Office since version 2000.
Now how is an icon different from a menu item? Both are areas on the screen that can be selected to activate a function. With Office 2007 the menus were rearranged and transformed into ...
Crazyegg does exactly this. It (1) stores frequency of use of icons on a webpage and (2) changes their appearance to reflect it, with a frequency of use heatmap.
Heatma.ps also does this but for Android apps instead of webpages.
Lots of avenues to explore here. First is the breadth or scope of use of the patented technology. Is it going to be used only within your business? Or will it be part of a product or service that your customers use? Is it essential or just nice to have - i.e., how much is it worth to you? Is your project the iPhone 6 or a neighborhood car pool web site?
Yes - a very simplified way of thinking about it is that patent laws are set up to cover "what it is and how it works". Accidental, unknowing, independent invention is not a defense for patent infringement and re-implementing something you know is patented is worse.
Designing around a patent is fine, and in some ways is encouraged. The difference is you ...
WO2012113874A1 Seems to covers storing the method of forming the transform specifically in the case of a touch screen. I general I feel most of the methods of this patent are covered for this specific case
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importantly, in the tabbed toolbar, see "Quick Tab","Fonts"."Tables" tabs. It is prior art of ribbon UI
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Others have mentioned design patents and copyright. Those are worth considering. Remember that your published work is automatically protected by copyright, but registering the copyright simplifies any litigation and in some circumstances may increase your damages.
If you’re considering a patent, remember that the cost of actually obtaining the patent is a ...