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Microsoft Patenting Multi-Screen, Multi-Touch Gestures

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Microsoft is trying to patent a number of touchscreen gestures including Pinch and Expand, Dual Tap, Hold and Tap, Hold and Drag, Object-Hold and Page-Change, and more.

Microsoft is attempting to patent numerous touchscreen gestures seemed geared for tablets, many of which include bezel gestures and a dual-screen layout similar to the ill-fated Courier slate. Recently made viewable to the public, Microsoft applied for the patents back in February of 2010, but have yet to be granted. Below are all eight patents as described in their abstracts:

Off-Screen Gestures to Create On-Screen Input

"Bezel gestures for touch displays are described. In at least some embodiments, the bezel of a device is used to extend functionality that is accessible through the use of so-called bezel gestures. In at least some embodiments, off-screen motion can be used, by virtue of the bezel, to create screen input through a bezel gesture. Bezel gestures can include single-finger bezel gestures, multiple-finger/same-hand bezel gestures, and/or multiple-finger, different-hand bezel gestures."

Multi-Screen Dual Tap Gesture

"Embodiments of a multi-screen dual tap gesture are described. In various embodiments, a first tap input to a displayed object is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system. A second tap input to the displayed object is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the second tap input is recognized approximately when the first tap input is recognized. A dual tap gesture can then be determined from the recognized first and second tap inputs."

Multi-Sreen Pinch and Expand Gestures

"Embodiments of multi-screen pinch and expand gestures are described. In various embodiments, a first input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the first input includes a first motion input. A second input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the second input includes a second motion input. A pinch gesture or an expand gesture can then be determined from the first and second motion inputs that are associated with the recognized first and second inputs."

Multi-Screen Bookmark Hold Gesture

"Embodiments of a multi-screen bookmark hold gesture are described. In various embodiments, a hold input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the hold input is recognized when held in place proximate an edge of a journal page that is displayed on the first screen. A motion input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system while the hold input remains held in place. A bookmark hold gesture can then be determined from the recognized hold and motion inputs, and the bookmark hold gesture is effective to bookmark the journal page at a location of the hold input on the first screen."

Multi-Screen Hold and Page-Flip Gesture

"Embodiments of a multi-screen hold and page-flip gesture are described. In various embodiments, a hold input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the hold input is recognized when held to select a journal page that is displayed on the first screen. A motion input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the motion input is recognized while the hold input remains held in place. A hold and page-flip gesture can then be determined from the recognized hold and motion inputs, and the hold and page-flip gesture is effective to maintain the display of the journal page while one or more additional journal pages are flipped for display on the second screen."

Multi-Screen Hold and Tap Gesture

"Embodiments of a multi-screen hold and tap gesture are described. In various embodiments, a hold input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the hold input is recognized when held to select a displayed object on the first screen. A tap input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the tap input is recognized when the displayed object continues being selected. A hold and tap gesture can then be determined from the recognized hold and tap inputs."

Multi-Finger Gestures

"Bezel gestures for touch displays are described. In at least some embodiments, the bezel of a device is used to extend functionality that is accessible through the use of so-called bezel gestures. In at least some embodiments, off-screen motion can be used, by virtue of the bezel, to create screen input through a bezel gesture. Bezel gestures can include single-finger bezel gestures, multiple-finger/same-hand bezel gestures, and/or multiple-finger, different-hand bezel gestures."

Radial Menus With Bezel Gestures

"Bezel gestures for touch displays are described. In at least some embodiments, the bezel of a device is used to extend functionality that is accessible through the use of so-called bezel gestures. In at least some embodiments, off-screen motion can be used, by virtue of the bezel, to create screen input through a bezel gesture. Bezel gestures can include single-finger bezel gestures, multiple-finger/same-hand bezel gestures, and/or multiple-finger, different-hand bezel gestures."

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    Anonymous , August 30, 2011 10:36 PM
    I rather MS than Apple have these since Apple is a lot more sue happy...
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    Jprobes , August 30, 2011 10:18 PM
    IMO, Someone needs to stop this or patent the motion for blowing someone then force porn companies to pay you so they can put their content online without repercussions.

    Patenting motions to use devices is about the lowest form of patent that could be envisioned.

    This should fall under the same rules as a company trying to patent numbers.
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    dericmenard , August 30, 2011 10:35 PM
    Patent this *middle finger*. While you're at it *mooning monitor*.
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  • 12 Hide
    Jprobes , August 30, 2011 10:18 PM
    IMO, Someone needs to stop this or patent the motion for blowing someone then force porn companies to pay you so they can put their content online without repercussions.

    Patenting motions to use devices is about the lowest form of patent that could be envisioned.

    This should fall under the same rules as a company trying to patent numbers.
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    dericmenard , August 30, 2011 10:35 PM
    Patent this *middle finger*. While you're at it *mooning monitor*.
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    bustapr , August 30, 2011 10:35 PM
    JprobesIMO, Someone needs to stop this or patent the motion for blowing someone then force porn companies to pay you so they can put their content online without repercussions.Patenting motions to use devices is about the lowest form of patent that could be envisioned.This should fall under the same rules as a company trying to patent numbers.

    ^this, and aside from that I dont see how this can in any way be valid, since this can already be done with 1 screen. In a way itll be conflicting on the other patents.
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    Anonymous , August 30, 2011 10:36 PM
    I rather MS than Apple have these since Apple is a lot more sue happy...
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    Grizely1 , August 30, 2011 10:36 PM
    Agreed, this shouldn't be allowed.

    Hmm , today I feel like trying to patent the way that I walk. Tomorrow I want to patent the way I take that corner down the street in my car, and then on Sunday I'm going to patent the way I sit and watch TV. All wonderful ideas.
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    MeanSquare , August 30, 2011 10:45 PM
    The original task of patents was to protect the internals of a device or process from duplication. A patent was to protect "how you did it." The whole panoply of "look and feel" patents abuses the process and does far more to prevent innovation than it promotes it.
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    Kamab , August 30, 2011 10:46 PM
    bustapr^this, and aside from that I dont see how this can in any way be valid, since this can already be done with 1 screen. In a way itll be conflicting on the other patents.


    Since when has 'conflicting with other patents' ever stopped new patents from passing through the patent office. The whole system is stupid. Welcome to the age of tech sector patent lawsuit extravaganza.
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    Azn Cracker , August 30, 2011 11:01 PM
    Geez I should patent mouse click gestures.
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    dalethepcman , August 30, 2011 11:20 PM
    I should patent the act of producing "Santorum"
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    Genny , August 30, 2011 11:21 PM
    I'm sure they agree it's stupid to patent. They're patenting so that they don't get sued later. Didn't Apple sue Samsung over using a 'finger swipe gesture'? When you have the litigious insanity of Apple in the world, you can never be too safe.
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    opmopadop , August 30, 2011 11:41 PM
    Azn CrackerGeez I should patent mouse click gestures.

    Microsoft already has a patent for 'double clicking the mouse'
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    back_by_demand , August 30, 2011 11:54 PM
    It's not the gestures they are trying to patent but the technology required to transfer those gestures into UI controls, so everyone please stop being Mr Crazy for 5 minutes and understand what is actually being said.

    Incidentally, in a few generations time the tablet will also be controlled by none physical input, eventually the technology will be miniaturised further and the Kinect system will find its way onto laptops and tablets, hold it up in front of you and control it like it the same way.

    No one has gone Mr Crazy about the Kinect, because you understand the technology and Microsoft still own the patents. This is a clear case of too many people jumping on the bandwagon of hating on the patent system and not enough people understanding what they are patenting or how the patent system works.
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    Jprobes , August 30, 2011 11:54 PM
    dalethepcmanI should patent the act of producing "Santorum"


    Meh.. No Homo, good luck with the basic diagram.. =o)
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    FloKid , August 31, 2011 12:06 AM
    I patented the jedi wave. Oh what not approved since 1984??? Now you will !!!
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    gmp23 , August 31, 2011 12:20 AM
    I literally just patented the act of patenting. Now everybody is in violation of patent infringement. How about that!
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    eddieroolz , August 31, 2011 12:36 AM
    Normally I wouldn't be thrilled about it, but considering Apple's patents I'd say this gives Microsoft some teeth.
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    Raid3r , August 31, 2011 12:37 AM
    So instead here is Back_by_demand telling us we are crazy... it's not gestures....but how you use already what exists to "interpret"....gestures....and we are crazy...riiiiiight.
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    Anonymous , August 31, 2011 10:33 AM
    I'll patent my sarcasm!
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    jprahman , August 31, 2011 3:28 PM
    I hope Microsoft gets these patents and sues Apple senseless with them.
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    aftcomet , August 31, 2011 5:29 PM
    Can one possibly patent the creation of a patent?
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