APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)

While displaying a user interface to the first application an electronic device gets information from the first application which describes a first-touch on a location with a touch sensor that is associated with a specific user interface object. The device initiates the appropriate type of user interface operation that involves the object that is used for user interface if it is determined that the initial touch matches the specified requirements for initiating the operation. The first application receives instructions to disregard the first touch in relation to operations performed by the user interface other than the specific kind of interface operation and also ignores the initial touch with regard to operations that are not related to the user interface other than the respective kind of operation. In some embodiments, the specific type of interface operation is a drag operation, for draggable objects within or from a view within the application.

The use of surfaces that are touch sensitive as input devices for computers as well as other electronic devices for computing has increased dramatically in recent years. Displays with touchscreens and touchpads are just two examples of touchscreen surfaces. They are extensively used to control objects used by users on screens.

Some examples of manipulative techniques include dropping and dragging objects, or elements of the user interface like to move data between applications another, or from one part of an application or data structure to the next. Other manipulations involve touching objects of the user interface according to a set of rules, launching applications by tapping on them or otherwise interfacing with the corresponding launch icons or elements of the user interface. Accessing the features of an application can also be achieved by performing swipe, drag and tap, long-press, deep presses (e.g. with intensity above an amount) or other touch inputs to respective user interface elements.

It can be difficult to distinguish between different gestures based on touch such as drag and drop and springloading gestures (e.g. the ability to open an object so as to see elements of the object) as well as long press and swipe gestures is very important to ensure that the device orsystem perform actions corresponding to the intention of the user. It can be difficult because of the subtle differences between gestures that are based on touch.

To aid in disambiguation, gesture recognizers that identify distinct actions or distinguish gestures are used. It’s still hard to distinguish between touch-based drag-and-drop gestures and spring loading (sometimes called “springloading”) gestures. This inefficiency is due to themechanisms for disambiguation as well as the transfer of information from touch input to different software mechanisms after disambiguation, or at least a portion of the disambiguation, is achieved. In addition, devices using touchscreen input methods are becoming more complicated and less efficient. This is because there are more active gesture recognition systems available for some applications and applications.

Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.


Get Patents with PatentPC

What is a patent?

The government grants patents to protect an invention a patent provides the inventor exclusive rights to use, create and sell the invention? society gains when a new technology is introduced into the marketplace. These benefits could be directly realized when individuals are able to accomplish previously impossible feats, or indirectly via the economic benefits that innovation offers (business growth, employment).

Patent protection is sought by many pharmaceutical companies and university researchers to protect their research and development. A patent can cover an abstract or physical process or product, or even a method or composition of materials unique to the field. To be granted patent protection an invention has to be novel, useful and not be obvious to others in the same area.

Patents give inventors a chance to be recognized for commercially successful inventions. They provide a reason for inventors to create. Small-scale businesses and inventors are assured that they will get a return on the investment they make in technology development via patents. They can earn a living from their work.

Patents are a crucial part of firms and can be used to:

Protect innovative products and services;

Enhance the value, popularity, and appeal of your products on the market

Differentiate your business and products from others;

Get business and technical details.

Be careful not to accidentally use third-party content or you could lose valuable data as well as creative outputs and other outputs.

Patents transform the knowledge of inventors into a marketable asset, that opens new avenues for job creation by licensing joint ventures and joint ventures.

Investors who are involved in the commercialization and development of technology will find small businesses with patent protection appealing.

Patents can result in innovative ideas and inventions. This information can promote the development of new ideas and could qualify to be protected by patents.

Patents can serve as a deterrent to untrustworthy third parties who profit from an invention’s efforts.

Commercially successful patent-protected technology revenues could be used to finance the development of technology through research and development (R&D) that will improve the chances of developing better technology in the near future.

It is possible to use the intellectual property rights of your company to convince lenders and investors that your product has commercial value. One patent that is powerful could provide multiple financing opportunities. Patents as well as other IP assets are able to be used as collateral or as security to finance debt. Investors may also look at the patents you own to increase their company valuation. Forbes and other sources have noted that every patent can boost the value of your company by as much as $500,000 to $1 million.

A well-constructed business plan is essential for start-ups. It should be built on IP and demonstrate how your product/service is distinct. In addition, investors will be impressed if you demonstrate that your IP rights are secured or is in the process of becoming secure, and that they align with your business strategy.

It is vital to protect an invention before applying for patent protection. The public disclosure of an invention before it is filed can often destroy its novelty and render it patent-infringing. Therefore, pre-filing disclosures (e.g. for testing-marketing, investors, or other business partners) should only be filed after signing a confidentiality agreement.

There are a variety of patents, and understanding the different types is crucial to protect your invention. Utility patents cover new processes and machine creations. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Utility patents are best and shield the owner from copycats and other competitors. Frequently they are granted for improvements or modifications to existing inventions. Patents issued under utility can be used to enhance or alter existing inventions. For example, a procedure patent will be able to cover actions or methods for performing an action, while chemical compositions are the combination of components.

What is the length average of patents? Patents for utility last for 20 years from the earliest date they were filed, but their expirations can be extended because of delays in the patent office, for example.

Do you wish to patent your ideas? Patents are only granted to the first applicants to file which is why you must file as quickly as possible. Contact PatentPC now to have your patent application filed!

A patent search is essential when you’re writing the patent application. This will allow you to discover other ideas and give you insight into their potential. This allows you to restrict the potential of your idea. In addition, you can be aware of the current state of art in your field of innovation. This will help you to know the extent of your invention as well as prepare you for filing your patent application.

How to Search for Patents

A patent search is the initial step to getting your patent. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Patent-pending refers to the product that has been covered by the patent application. You can use the public pair to locate the patent application. Once the patent office approves the application, you are able to conduct a patent number search to find the patent that was issued, and your product is now patented. You can also use the USPTO search engine. Read on for more details. It is possible to seek help from an attorney for patents. Patents in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office as well as the United States patent office. The trademark office also evaluates trademark applications.

Interested in finding more similar patents? Here are the steps to follow:

1. Think of terms to describe your invention based on its purpose, composition, and usage.

Write down a brief detailed description of the invention. Do not use generic terms such as “device,” “process,” and “system.” Look for synonyms to the terms you picked initially. Next, note important technical terms and keywords.

Use the questions below to help you identify the keywords or concepts.

  • What is the objective of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
  • Is invention a way to create something or perform a function? Does it constitute a product?
  • What is the composition and function of the invention? What is the physical composition of the invention?
  • What is the goal of the invention?
  • What are the terms in the technical field and keywords that define the nature of an invention? A technical dictionary can help you identify the correct words.

2. These terms allow you to look up pertinent Cooperative Patent Classifications using the Classification Search Tool. If you’re unable to locate the appropriate classification to describe your invention, scan through the classification’s class Schemas (class schedules). Think about substituting the words you’re using for describing your invention, if you don’t get any results from your Classification Text Search with synonyms like the ones you used in step 1.

3. Examine 3. Go over the CPC Classification Definition to verify the relevancy of the CPC classification you’ve found. If the selected classification title includes a blue square with a “D” at its left, clicking on the hyperlink will direct you to a CPC classification description. CPC classification definitions can help identify the scope of the classification and therefore you’re certain to choose the one that is pertinent. Additionally they can provide some tips for searching and other information that could be useful to further study.

4. The Patents Full-Text Database and the Image Database allow you to retrieve patent documents that include the CPC classification. You can search and select the relevant patent publications looking first at abstract and representative drawings.

5. Use this selection of the most relevant patent publications to look at each one in depth for any the similarities to your idea. Be sure to read the claims and specification. You may find additional patents by consulting the patent examiner and the applicant.

6. You can retrieve patent applications published in the public domain that meet the CPC classification you selected in Step 3. You can apply the same strategy of searching as Step 4, narrowing your results to the most relevant patent application through the abstract and illustrations on every page. Next, carefully examine the published patent applications and pay particular attention to the claims and the additional drawings.

7. Find other US patent publications by keywords in the PatFT or AppFT databases, searching for classification of non-U.S. patents using the below, and searching for non-patent literature disclosures of inventions using internet search engines. Here are some examples:

  • Add keywords to your search. Keyword searches may turn up documents that are not well-categorized or have missed classifications during Step 2. For example, US patent examiners often supplement their classification searches with keyword searches. Think about the use of technical engineering terminology rather than everyday words.
  • Search for foreign patents using the CPC classification. Then, re-run the search using international patent office search engines such as Espacenet, the European Patent Office’s worldwide patent publication database of over 130 million patent publications. Other national databases include:
  • Search non-patent literature. Inventions can be made public in many non-patent publications. It is recommended that you search journals, books, websites, technical catalogs, conference proceedings, and other print and electronic publications.

To review your search, you can hire a registered patent attorney to assist. A preliminary search will help one better prepare to talk about their invention and other related inventions with a professional patent attorney. In addition, the attorney will not spend too much time or money on patenting basics.