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  • Apple Awarded Scroll Bar Patent, Effectively Gives Company Legal Nuclear Bomb



    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple a patent covering vertical and horizontal UI scroll bars.

    Yes. Apple has a patent on scroll bars.

    Patent No. 8,223,134 for “Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents" covers the implementation of transparent and disappearing vertical scroll bars in essentially everything. These are the same bars that appear when scrolling any webpage, playlist, and any type of “digital document” that cannot be fully displayed on a screen at once.

    The USPTO awarded Apple the patent only four short months after Apple’s initial filing in March. Apple created the patent in order to better utilize the small screen real estate available on mobile devices.

    As portable electronic devices become more compact, and the number of functions performed by a given device increase, it has become a significant challenge to design a user interface that allows users to easily interact with a multifunction device. This challenge is particular significant for handheld portable devices, which have much smaller screens than desktop or laptop computers. — Apple
    The potential legal fallout from this new patent is substantial considering a court recently awarded Apple an injunction against the Galaxy Nexus for its search function. Nearly every touch-based smartphone utilizes the scroll bars covered in the patent.

    The USPTO just added a thermonuclear legal bomb to Apple’s arsenal.

    Source: Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Awarded Scroll Bar Patent, Effectively Gives Company Legal Nuclear Bomb started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. stevelucky's Avatar
      stevelucky -
      Quote Originally Posted by crouching View Post
      Wow Facebook has the exact same style disappearing scroll bar.
      Ummmmm, I'm not sure you get how scroll bars are generated.
    1. shmox's Avatar
      shmox -
      Quote Originally Posted by stevelucky View Post
      Ummmmm, I'm not sure you get how scroll bars are generated.
      Ha!
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Someone high up at the U.S. Patents office has shares in Apple or is being paid off by Apple or both.
      I have been saying this since a long time..... We will find out later in the years to come.....