Linked by fran on Mon 27th Dec 2010 21:32 UTC
Legal "Hopewell Culture & Design reckons it owns the act of double-clicking, and is suing Apple, Nokia, Samsung and just about everyone else for breaching its patent. It's not double-clicking per se that US patent 7,171,625 covers, just the act of clicking twice on an already-selected component to action a request for additional information or greater interactivity."
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by Doc Pain on Mon 27th Dec 2010 22:17 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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Seriously though, how can they expect this to be held up in court? Yes, I know we are talking about the US in which 'patents' like these are actually granted but still...


I assume one point of a possible discussion could be the following, as mentioned in the article: "It's not double-clicking per se that US patent 7,171,625 covers, just the act of clicking twice on an already-selected component to action a request for additional information or greater interactivity." Already-selected. In order to avoid "patent problems", a party could respond that the act of double-clicking does happen on an object that is not selected.

In many GUI settings, the first click of the double-click action does the selection part. A previous click is not needed ("triple-click"). Before the double-click action takes place, the respective element is not selected.

A different approach can be seen in other GUI settings. Here, moving the mouse pointer toward an interactive element already selects that element (like the "modern" concept of selection following the mouse pointer in menus or icon bars, where it is not needed to hold down a mouse button).

Funny, maybe interesting, but basically futile, I think.

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