Looks like Apple has done it again, when their design patent for “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface” was approved by the United States Patent Office. The patent, filed last year, was just one of many patents that were recently granted to Apple. Three images detail the patent, one with a page corner being turned slightly, halfway on the next, and almost fully turned on the third.
The feature is used by many e-readers such as the Kindle, but with this latest design patent Apple’s iBooks could be the only place that can utilize it.
This isn’t the first “obvious” patent awarded to Apple recently, the USPTO granted Apple the design patent for “rectangle with rounded corners“. Looks like Apple is on a roll with extremely vague and broad patents, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to use these in court.
Apple has been having legal troubles concerning their patents in the past few months. Earlier this year they won their patent lawsuit against Samsung, walking away with a $1 billion in damages. They’ve also recently settled their patent battle against HTC with a 10-year licensing agreement, with reports that HTC will have to pay Apple $6-$8 per Android phone it sells.