Apple awarded patent on the Dock

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Apple awarded patent on the Dock

Post by Fitzcarraldo » Thu Oct 09, 2008 19:15

:arrow: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08 ... _dock.html

What impact, if any, will this have on existing Linux docks?

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Re: Apple awarded patent on the Dock

Post by wolfden » Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:21

well that is interesting

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Re: Apple awarded patent on the Dock

Post by BlueJayofEvil » Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:26

Typical software patents. Awarded without consideration for the blatant 'prior art'.

But then again, this sentence caught my eye:
It should be noted, however, that the patent awarded to Apple this week doesn't grant the company broad ownership to the principles behind software-based application trays. It instead pertains to aspects of a dock specific to the company's implementation, primarily its magnification component and ability to display application names as a user cycles through its icons.

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Re: Apple awarded patent on the Dock

Post by doom0r » Sat Oct 11, 2008 21:15

The sentence catches your eye because THAT'S what the patent is for. They would lose on prior art for a dock. So, they narrow the scope heavily to get a patent, then push media with a different angle to scare off others.

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