By Niick Bilton - November 16, 2012 - nytimes
Apple Now Owns the Page TurnIf you want to know just how broken the patent system is, just look at patent D670,713, filed by Apple and approved this week by the United States Patent Office.
This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application.Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn
. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner Brothers cartoons.
(This is where readers are probably checking the URL of this article to make sure it’s The New York Times and not The Onion
Apple argued that its patented page turn was unique in that it had a special type of animation
other page-turn applications had been unable to create.http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/apple-now-owns-the-page-turn/
This nonsense is like a Woody Allen skit