Microsoft finally receives a design patent for Windows 8 Start Screen
Technology moves fast, but the United States government isn’t exactly as quick. Microsoft had originally filed a patent for the Windows 8 start screen in September 2011 (there was some initial confusion at the time on what it meant). The first release of Windows 8 was on October 25, 2012, so in essence, the patent was filled over a year before the operating system appeared on the market.
The design patent itself has just been approved with a stamped date of January 28 2014 – over two years after it was submitted for approval.
The original patent is four pages in length and is entitled as a “Display Screen with graphical user interface” – patent number US D698, 359 S. The inventor of the design is noted as Ethan Nelson Ray, a User Interface developer who had worked for Microsoft at the time, but now works as a Senior UX Designer at Google.
The claim of the design patent is for “a display screen with graphical user interface, as shown and described”. One of the images shows what appears to be a low resolution and black and white Start Screen. The tiles themselves are not shown and inside are replaced with white rectangles.
While, the image itself (shown above) may make the fundamentally important concept behind the patent seem anticlimactic, it means one thing – Microsoft now officially owns the design rights to Windows 8.
Design patents within the United States are one of the many types of patents available to those who are trying to protect their work. Specifically, design patents are a method of protecting industrial design intellectual properties. A famous example of these patents at work could be seen in the now dated Apple vs. Samsung trials that argued over the Touch Wiz interface used by the Korean based company.
The government may be slow at getting design patents approved, but the designers at Microsoft can now sleep a bit more sound at night knowing that their beloved Windows 8 UI is safe and sound.
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By Jez Corden
And I don't think its accidental that Apple's ridiculous and overreaching claims that are plainly obvious in light of the Prior Art get granted, swiftly and routinely. The system is heavily biased towards Corporations over Individuals and certain Organizations. Recent "reforms" have all diminished the rights and access of Individuals and families improved the lot of large companies.
For an easy example to understand, look into the well documented case of the first test for the AIDS Virus. Invented in France and filed in the US where it sat unexamined for months. Then a US employee of the NIH filed an identical Application, which was examined immediately and Granted while the French Inventor's case was being ignored.
That's just an easy one to research, there are many others. As far as the system being biased to Corporations "by accident", I seriously hope you are being naiive. The costs for small companies and Inventors could be readily reduced to level the playing field. Instead the lat round of Patent laws penalized individuals who have to take time to raise money to file and prosecute, giving Corporations the right to use or even patent their inventions because they have cash on hand.
Obtaining a US Patent is a constitutional right of the Individual, not corporations. Like "money =speach", money = a patent is not in the US Constitution, but for some reason our CongressPersons seem to want it to be.
I wonder why?
2. there is still no evidence they are bringing it... its just a RUMOR (which I mentioned in my point 1)
3. Win8 works perfectly fine with mouse and keyboard, only stupid and pathetic and then ignorant people say it doesnt work... because you know... a small start menu that had a crappy folder structure that was better in XP and previous version of Windows, is not any better than Start screen, but again, I dont expect someone like you to use their brain to actually start using windows 8.
4. you can replace start screen with whatever you want with million apps
5. its not ridiculous, you are the ridiculous one with alot of crap you just said.
6. please, next time learn how to use a computer, how to move your mouse, how to type in start screen, and you will see it works exactly the same as any previous version of windows.
7. how is your comment not fail when you just sound another pathetic idiot on internet complaining about something you can replace and something that works practically the same as old win7? I dont know.
8. oh and wait.... Im sure you dont have a Windows 8 tablet, because actually with mouse and keyboard using windows 8 is far better and more exciting and funnier, not with touch. so keep your ignorance there in front of your eyes, and keep thinking whatever you want, but again, your comment is full of ignorance and you should keep using win95 if technology changes affect you so much.