Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al

Filing 559

Declaration of Deok Keun Matthew Ahn in Support of 558 Response ( Non Motion ), filed byApple Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1.01, # 2 Exhibit 1.02, # 3 Exhibit 1.03, # 4 Exhibit 1.04, # 5 Exhibit 1.05, # 6 Exhibit 1.06, # 7 Exhibit 1.07, # 8 Exhibit 1.08, # 9 Exhibit 1.09, # 10 Exhibit 1.10, # 11 Exhibit 1.11, # 12 Exhibit 1.12, # 13 Exhibit 1.13)(Related document(s) 558 ) (Jacobs, Michael) (Filed on 12/29/2011)

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EXHIBIT 1.08 program, text or information range. The status indicator includes a number of individual fields represent portions of the individual program, text or information. Clicking on the field leads to the respective program area. The individual fields are arranged successively in accordance with the logical and/or timed -------=-g of the program. The sizes of the fields correspond to the size of the area represented. Claim 1 of the present invention claims: a window generation and control logic coupled to the processor and data display screen to create an operating environment for a yllurality of individuaLyro,zramming modules that provide status and çontrol functions, wherein the window generation and control logic generates and displays a first window region having a plurality of display areas on said data display screen, wherein each of_the gurality of display areas is associated with one thegluralgy o£individuaLyregraminitte modules: an indicia generation logic coupled to the data display screen to execute at least one of the plurality of programming modules to generate information for display in one of the plurality of display areas in the first windour region, wherein at least one of the plurality of display areas and its associated programming module is sensitive to user input, and further wherein the window generation and control logic and the indicia generation logic use messagg-based communication to exchang_e iñ£ormation to coordinate açtivities of the indicia generation lezic to enaþlg interactigg displa,y activity. (Emphasis added.) The present invention provides display areas which are associated with individual programming modules. Cohansz does not provide such display areas. Cohansz teaches a status indicator which is associated with a single program. The status indicator of coh-7 indicates the location within the one single program, text or information range. The Ex----= -er refers to page 3, paragraph 2 as teaching plurality of individual progr ing modules. However, page 3, paragraph 2 of Cohausz specifically states that "the individual fields represent portions of the individual program, text of information, i.e. sections, paragraphs, chapters or segments of information." Senal No. 08/316,237 6 04860.P1365 APLNDC00024380 Thus, Cohausz does not teach individual programming modules associated with each field. Therefore, claim 1 is not anticipated by Coh_avsz. Claim 1 of the present invention also claims an indicia generation logic that uses message-based communication to exchange information to coordinate activities of the indicia generation logic." Cohausz does not teach the use of message based communication for information exchange. Contrary to the Examiner's assertion, Cohausz's teaching of individual fields which lead to respective program areas does not teach the use of message-based communication. The present invention sets forth message based communication, which means that the control strip passes messages to a module to, for example, either tell the module what to do or to obtain information about the module and its capabilities. (Specifications, pg. 32, lines 5-7). There is no indication in Cohansz that such message based communication is used. Therefore, cohansz does not anticipate the present invention as claimed in Claim 1, or any of its dependent claims. Independent Claims 11 and 15 also include similar limitations regarding the operating environment. Therefore, based on the same rational given above, Applicant respectfully submits that Claims 11 and 15 and their dependent claims are not anticipated by Cohausz. Claims 4-7 were also rejected under 35 U.S.C. §103 as being unpatentable over Cohausz and U.S. Patent 5,202,961 to Mills et. al. ("Mills"). Mills teaches the use of a slider control bar for controlling the rate of display of sequential information. Specifically, Mills teaches the use of such a control strip to control the playback rate of video. This control strip is defined as having certain components such as standard playback direction/velocity indicators, reverse, stop and fast forward. Mills uses a control icon to select one of these rates of display. Claims 4-7 depend on independent Claim 1, Serial No. 08/316,237 7 04860.P1365 APLNDC00024381 discussed above. The Examiner has acknowledged that Mills does not teach the indicia generator, or a plurality of programs corresponding to the plurality of fields as claimed in the present invention. Because Cohausz does not teach, or make obvious the use of a plurality of fields or message based communication, the present invention is not obvious in view of Cohtm further in view of Elle. Accordingly, Applicant respectfully submits that the rejection under 35 U.S.C. §102(a) and §103 have been overcome by the amendments and the remarks and withdrawal of these rejections is respectfully requested. Applicant submits that Claims 1-24 are now in condition for allowance and such action is earnestly solicited. Please charge any shortages and credit any overcharges to our Deposit Account No. 02-2666. Respectfully submitted, B= LY, SOKOLOFF, TAYLOR &t ZAFMAN LLP Dated: 1_ y , 1997 Michael )½vlallie Attorney for Applicant Registration No. 36,591 12400 Wilshire Blvd. Seventh Floor Los Angeles, CA 90025-1026 (408) 720-8598 Serial No. 08/316,237 8 04860.P1365 APLNDC00024382 . . / UNITED STATES daPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Address: APPUCATION NO. 16,23/ FILING DATE UN/30/94 FIRST NAMED INVENTOR UNNISIENSEN 24M1/0131 BLAKELY SOKOLOFF TAYLOR AND ZAFMAN 12400 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD 7TH FLOOR LOS ANGELES CA 90025 COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS Washington, D.C. 20231 | A1TORNEY """ NO. U ] 84860.F1363 EXAMINER DELA TORRE, C ART UNIT / PAPER NUMBER / «Io DATE MAILED: 01/31/97 Please find below and/or attached an Office communication concerning this application or proceeding. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks (REY 2/95) 1 - Flie Copy os/am237 APLNDC00024383 Application No. Applicant(s) 08/316,237 Advisory Action Examiner Christensen Group Art Unit Crescelle Dela Torre 2415 THE PERIOD FOR RESPONSE: [check only a) or b)] a) expires months from the mailing date of the final rejection. b) g expires either three months from the mailing date of the final rejection, or on the mailing date of this Advisory Action, whichever is later. In no event, however, will the statutory period for the response expire later than six months from the date of the final rejection. Any extension of time must be obtained by filing a petition under 37 CFR 1.136(a), the proposed response and the appropriate fee. The date on which the response, the petition, and the fee have been filed is the date of the response and also the date for the purposes of determining the period of extension and the corresponding amount of the fee. Any extension fee pursuant to 37 CFR 1.17 will be calculated from the date of the originally set shortened statutory period for response or as set forth in b} above. O Appellant's Brief is due two months from the date of the Notice of Appeal filed on (or within any period for response set forth above, whichever is later). See 37 CFR 1.191(d) and 37 CFR 1.192(a). Applicant's response to the final rejection, filed on .Jan 21. 1997 has been considered with the following effect, but is NOT deemed to place the application in condition for allowance: The proposed amendment(s): will be entered upon filing of a Notice of Appeal and an Appeal Brief. O will not be entered because: they raise new issues that would require further consideration and/or search. (See note below). they raise the issue of new matter. (See note below). O they are not deemed to place the application in better form for appeal by materially reducing or simplifying the issues for appeal. O they present additional claims without cancelling a corresponding number of finally rejected claims. NOTE: X Applicant's response has overcome the following rejection(s): The clairn ohinctions of clairns 15-18 since annlicant arnanded clairn 15. line 3. renlacino "create" with --creatino--. O Newly proposed or amended claims separate, timely filed amendment cancelling the non-allowable claims. would be allowable if submitted in a The affidavit, exhibit or request for reconsideration has been considered but does NOT place the application in condition for allowance because: The affidavit or exhibit will NOT be considered because it is not directed SOLELY to issues which were newly raised by the Examiner in the final rejection. For purposes of Appeal, the status of the claims is as follows (see attached written explanation, if any): Claims allowed: Claims objected to: Claims rejected: 1-24 O The proposed drawing correction filed on O has O has not been approved by the Examiner. O Note the attached Information Disclosure Statement(s), PTO-1449, Paper No(s). Other See Attachment A. RAYMOND J. BAYERL PRIMARY EXAMINER ART UNIT 2415 A S- Patent and Trademark Office >TO-303 (Rev. 8-95) Advisory Action Part of Paper No. 11 APLNDC00024384 Serial Number: 08/316,237 -2- Art Unit: 2415 Attachment A 1. The after-final amendment submitted by applicant on 1/21/97 has been considered but does not overcome the rejection because of the following: Applicant 's primary arguments regarding the Cohausz reference, when taken alone or in combination with the Mills reference, are that Cohausz does not teach "individual programming modules" nor does Cohausz teach "message based communication for information exchange". The , s. ner disagrees with applicant on both points because Cohausz teaches "individual programming modules" at the bridging paragraph of pp. 2 - 3 ['an oblong field comprising an plurality of individual fields... each of which constitutes an operating field or control button... that branches into the associated program area or executes the associated program function']. In addition, Cohausz teaches message based communication at p. 3, second paragraph, that either tells the module what to do or to obtain information about the module and its capabilities ['the status indicator has the double function of operating like a menu {tells the module what to do} and of displaying exactly where in the program or in the body of information the operator or user is located {obtains information about the module- i.e. location of the user in the program}'] APLNDC00024385 A ey Docket No.: 04860.P1365 Patent IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE '' In Re Patent Application of : ) Steven W. Christensen ) Examiner: Dela Torre, C Application No.: 08/316,237 ) Art Unit: 2415 Filed: September 30, 1994 ) ) For: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AND ACCESSING CONTROL AND STATUS INYFSOREMMATION IN A COMPUTE ) ) ) ) IWebycedythattNaconospondence is being deposked wth the Unbed States Postalgervice as inst class man wth suincient postage in an erwetope addressed to the Assistant Commis ner for Paliali, wasangton.oc sonst on Assistant Commissioner for Patents Washington, D.C. 20231 PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME PURSUANT TO 37 Q.F.R. § 1.136]a) Sir: Applicants respectfully request a two month extension of time in which to respond to the Advisory Action mailed January 31, 1997. The túo inonth extension extends the date of response to March 31, 1997. A check for $390.@ is enclosed for the fee for a two month extension of time. o > 20 If any additional fee is required, please charge Deposit Account No 02° 2666. A duplicate of this Petition is enclosed for deposit account chargig i purposes. Respectfully submitted, BLAKELY, SOKOLOFF, TAYLOR & ZAFMAN LLP Dated: i,½ ,1997 12400 Wilshire Blvd. Seventh Floor Los Angeles, CA 90025-1026 (408) 720-8598 Michael J. Mallie Reg. No. 36,591 250 TL 04/07/97 08316237 1 116 390.00 CK 04860P1365 APLNDC00024386 Application or Docket Number pATENT APPLICATION FEE DETERMINATION RECORD Effective October 1, 1992 CLAIMS AS FILED - PART I NUMBER FILED (Column 2) SMALL cre a i I I NUMBER EXTRA RATE BAsic FEE FEE $355.00 TOTAL CLAIMS minus 20 = OR S A RATE OR E TY FEE $710.00 X$11= OR x 37= OR x 74= MULTIPLE DEPENDENT CLAIM PRESENT +115= OR +230= If the difference in column 1 is less then zero, enter "O" in column 2 TOTAL OR TOTAL ENDENT CLAIMS minus 3 = * CLAIMS AS AMENDED - PART SMALL ENTITY (Column 1) (Column 2) (Column 3) CLAIMS REMAINING AFTER AMENDMENT HIGHEST NUMBER PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR PRESENT EXTRA inus ** = x$11= Minus *** = OTHER THAN OR x 37= Total Independant FIRST PRESENTATION OF MULTIPLE DEPENDENT CLAIM RATE x$22= SMALL ENTITY ADDITlONAL FEE RATE OR x 74= + 115= (Column 2) (Column 3) CLAIMS REMAINING AFTER AMENDMENT HIGHEST NUMBER PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR PRESENT EXTRA Total Min s ** Independent Minus *** OR +230= TOTAL (Column 1) OR TOTAL AL DIT ITE RATE ADDIT. FEE ADDITIONAL FEE OR + 115= (column 2) (column 3) CLAIMS REMAINING AFTER AMENDMENT HIGHEST NUMBER PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR PRESENT EXTRA ** = x$11= = x 37= Minus Independent Minus FIRST PRESENTATION OF MULTIPLE DEPENDENT CLAIM OR A""" """ RATE +115= x 74= OR + 230= TOTAL (Column 1) Total ADDIT. FEE ............. ADDITIONAL FEE RATE ADDITIONAL FEE OR x$22= OR OR x 74= +230= 1 le entry in column 1 is less than the entry in column 2, write "O" in column 3TOTAL OR 'If the "Highest Number Previously Paid For" IN THIS SPACE is less than 20, enter "20". ¡ priT FFE\ ADDIT. FEE *lf the "Highest Number Previously Paid For" IþkTHIS SPACE is less than 3, enter "3". The "Highest Number Previously Paid For" (Total or Independent) is the highest number found in the appropriate box in column 1. Rev.10-92) ADDITIONAL FEE OR X 37= FIRST PRESENTATION OF MULTIPLE DEPENDENT CLAIM IN RATE x$11= = ADDITIONAL FEE ---... Patent and Trademark Office; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE APLNDC00024387 Ëm°7 Mao PACE DATA ENTRY CODING SHEET TYPE APPL APPLICATION NUMBER TOTAL CLAIMS INDEPENDENT CLAIMS U.S. DEP Rn a TrLCerr rOc FILING DATE MONTH DAY YEAR SMALL ENTITY? DATE | 2ND EXAMINER SPECIAL GROUP HANDLING ART UNIT FOREIGN LICENSE FILING FEE 1ST EXAMINER DATE PARENT APPLICATION SERIAL NUMBER PCT APPLICATION SERIAL NUMBER / / P C T P C T / ATTORNEY DOCKET NUMBER C T / C T / / P C Ti / PARENT FILING DATE MONTH DAY YEAR / P PARENT PATENT NUMBER / P ' SI4EETS OF DRAWING CLASS CONTINUITY DATA CONT STATUS CODE CODE C/ / PCT/FOREIGN APPLICATION DATA ' FOREIGN PRIORITY CLAIMED COUNTRY CODE PCT/FOREIGN APPLICATION SERIAL NUMBER FOREIGN FILING DATE MONTH DAY YEAR U.SGRO 1994 365974 APLNDC00024388 TITLE OF INVENTION ATTORNEY REGISTRATION NUMBERS CORRESPONDENCENAMEANDADDRESS AUTHORITY CODE APPLICANTIINVENTOR DATA FAMILY NAME NAME SUFFIX GIVEN NAME STAamoinY CODE CITY AUTHORITY CODE FAMILY NAME NAME SUFFIX GIVEN NAME STA.wornY CODE CITY MORE APLNDC00024389 08/821004 Docket No. M ßÛ Ass 55 04600.P1366C Patent IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE Commissioner for Patents gton, D.C. 20231 FWC Prior Application: Examiner: n±-rano e Art Unit: Mis RULE 62 Sir: This is a request for filing a file wrapper X Continuation application Divisional application under 37 C.F.R. § 1.62 of pending prior nonprovisional application no. , 06/31û237 , tiled on , September 30. 1994 at stayen W. Chiist.ensen for (inventor(s) currently of record for prior application) , METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AND ACCFSSING CONTROL AND STATUS INFQRMATION IN A ÇQMPUTER SYSTEM. X 1. (title) The above-identified prior application is hereby expressly abandoned under 37 C.F.R. § 1.62(g) as of the filing date of this new application. Please use all the contents of the prior application file wrapper, including the drawings, as the basic papers for the new application. No such copy of the prior application is included herewith. The present application is being filed under 37 C.F.R. § 1.62 before the payment of the issue fee, abandonment of, or termination of the proceedings on the prior application, or after payment of the issue fee (the latter if a petition under 37 C.F.R. § 1.313(b)(5) has been filed and granted in the prior application). 2. Please enter the preliminary amendment enclosed before calculating the filing fee. 3. Before calculating the filing feel please enter in the present application the amendment filedon under 37 C.F.R. § 1.116, but unentered, in the parent application. •EXPREssMAIL• muNG LABEL NUMBER ENadadmAS Das oF DEPOSIT NMANN / 7 I NEREgy CERnFY THETHIS PAPER OR FEE 18 BEING DEPOSITED - THE UNITED 85UEs Pogna.8Envics *EXPREss MAIL POST OFFICETOADDRESSEE'8ERYMEUl©ERS7CFR1.100NTHEOME INDICATED ABOVE AND 18 ADDRE88EO TO THE ASSISTANT . • « FOR PRENTS, WASOlGTON, 0.0, 20231 gypso m PRINTED NAut oF PEne0N MAluNS PAPER OR FEIS OF PERSON MAIUNG PAPER OR FEE) APLNDC00024390 4. X 5. Cancel in this application claims of the prior application before calculating the filing fee (wherein at least one independent claim is retained for filing purposes). The filing fee is calculated below: CLAIMS NOW PENDING IN THE PRIOR APPLICATION PLUS/MINUS CLAIMS ADDED/CANCELED ABOVE OTHER THAN A (Col. 1) (Col. 2) SMALL ENTITY SMALL ENTITY For: No. Filed No. Extra Rate BasicFee: Rate C$ 385 Total Claims: 24 Fee $ 770 x 11 1 $ x 22 $ 88 x 40 $ + 1 30 $ x 80 _ $ +260 $ EOTAL $ - 20 * FOTAL $ 4 Indep. Claims: _ 3 -3 * O Multiple Dependent Claim(s) Presented ' If the ditterence is less than zero, enter "0" in Col. 2. 6. Fee 858 A verified statement to establish small entity status under 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.9 and 1.27 is enclosed/ was filed in the pending prior application and such status is still proper and desired. 37 C,F.R. § 1.28(a). X 7. The Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks is hereby authorized to charge any fees that may be required, or credit any overpayment, to Deposit Account No. 02-2666. A duplicate of this sheet is enclosed for Deposit Account purþoses. K 8. A check in the amount of 4 Runo is enclosed for the filing fee. 9. A check in the amount of $ pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 1.17. is enclosed for the petition fee 10. Amend the specification by inserting the following before the first sentence on the first page: X X (a) - This is a X continuation/ no, o 191A O 7 , filed 8/30/94 (b) -, which is a ro. continuation/ divisional of application , now abandoned. -divisional of application ,iiled . - (Status: abandoned, pending, etc.) (list all prior applications) X, 11. It is hereby requested that any request for a convention priority made in the prior application be transferred to this Rule 62 application. -2 - APLNDC00024391 12. Y Priority of foreign application number filed on in (countly) is claimed under 35 U.S.C. § 119. 13. The prior application is assigned of record to: Annie Comnifer Inc 1 Infinita I con. Clinertirn Califomia 95014 X 14. The Power of Attorney in the prior application is to: Michaell Mallie 36.591 (Name) (Reg. No.) Edwin H Taylor, Reg. No. 25,129, and certain other listed attorneys or agent(s) of: BLAKELY, SOKOLOFF, TAYLOR & ZAFMAN LLP 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Seventh Floor Los Angeles, California 90025 (310) 207-3800 X (a) (b) The Power does not appear in the original papers, but was filed on in prior application no. fled . (c) A new Power has been executed and is attached. (d) X The Power appears in the original papers of the prior application no. 00F31237 filed Om Recognize as an associate attorney or agent and address all future communications to: Mano! I Mallia M 401 (Name) (Reg. No.) BLAKELY, SOKOLOFF, TAYLOR & ZAFMAN LLP 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Seventh Floor Los Angeles, California 90025 (408) 720-8598 X X X (e) 15. 16. Address all future communications to the undersigned. Enclosed Is a photocopy of a petition for an extension of time pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 1.136 concurrently (or prevlously) submitted under separate cover for the above-referenced prior application. Applicant(s) hereby petition(s) for an extension of time pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 1.136, if needed, for the above-noted prior application. The Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks is hereby authorized to charge any extension or petition fee under 37 C.F.R. § 1.17 that may be required for the above-referenced prior application to Deposit Account No. 02-2666. Two photocopies of this document are enclosed for filing in the prior application file and for Deposit Account purposes. X, 17. The filing of an application under 37 C.F.R § 1.62 will be construed to include a waiver of secrecy under 35 U.S.C. § 122 to the extent that any member of the public who is -3 - APLNDC00024392 entitled under the provisions of 37 C.F.R. § 1.14 to access to or information concerning either the prior application or any continuing application filed under the provisions of 37 C.F.R. § 1.62 may be given similar access to, or similar information concerning, the other application(s) in the file wrapper. 37 C.F.R. § 1.62(f). 18. This application is being filed by fewer than all the inventors named in the prior application. In accordance with 37 C.F.R. § 1.62(a), the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks is requested to delete the name(s) of the following person(s) who are not inventors of invention being claimed in this application: Respectfully submitted, BLAKELY SOKOLOFF TAYLOR & ZAFMAN LLP Michael .fMallie 12400 Wilshire Boulevard Seventh Floor Los Angeles, California 90025 (408) 720-8598 Reg.No. Y Em Attomey or Agent of Record Associate Attorney or Agent Filed Under 37 C.F.R. § 1.34(a) -4 - APLNDC00024393 08/821004 At y's Dacket No- 04860P1365C, Pat nt IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE ssistant Commissioner for Patents Prior Application: Washington, D.C. 20231 BOX FWC Examiner: Art Unit: _Dela Toge, C 9415 pl¢- 7 S - N// RULE 62 Sir: This is a request for filing a file wrapper X Continuation application under 37 C.F.R. § 1.62 of pending prior noriprovisional application no. filed on of for Divisional application 08/316.237 , sentember 30. 1994 Steven W. Christensen , (inventor(s) currently of record for prior application) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AND ACCESSING CONTROL AND STATUS INFOÑIJATION IN A COMPL ITER SYRTFM (title) 1. The above-identified prior application is hereby expressly abandoned under 37 C.F.R. § 1.62(g) as of the filing date of this new application. Please use all the contents of the prior application file wrapper, including the drawings, as the basic papers for the new application. No such copy of the prior application is included herewith. The present application is being filed under 37 C.F.R. § 1.62 before the payment of the issue fee, abandonment of, or termination of the proceedings on the prior application, or after payment of the issue fee (the latter if a petition under 37 C.F.R. § 1.313(b)(5) has been filed and granted in the prior application). 2. 3. Please enter the preliminary amendment enclosed before calculating the filing fee. Before calculating the filing fee, please enter in the present application the amendment fledon the parent application. under 37 C.F.R. § 1.116, but unentered, in •ExPassaMAtt' MAIUNG 1.ABEI. NUMBER ß¾Œ/#Æ54'55VS DAFE OF DEPOSE / - /M i HEREBY CEROFY THAfTHIS PAPER OR FEE 18 BEING DEPOSITED WTH THE UNITED SWEs Pos1xt.SERVICE *EXPREss MAll.PosT OFFICETOADDRESSEE'8ERVICEUNDERS7CFR1.100NTHEDATE INDICATED ABOVE AND 18 ADDRESSED TO THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR PAfENTs, WAsNINGTON, 0.0.20281 gyPED OR PRINTED IMIE OF PERSON MAIUNG PAPER OR FEIS OF PERSON MAIUNG PAPER OR FEE) APLNDC00024394 4. 5. Cancel in this application claims . of the prior application before calculating the filing fee (wherein at least one independent claim is retained for filing purposes). The filing fee is calculated below: CLAIMS NOW PENDING IN THE PRIOR APPLICATION PLUS/MINUS CLAIMS ADDED/CANCELED ABOVE OTHER THAN A (Col. 1) (Col. 2) SMALL ENTITY SMALL ENTITY For: No. Filed No. Extra Rate Basic Fee: Fee $ Total Claims: 24 - 20 * 4 Rate 385 C$ 770 x 11 $ Indeg. Claims: _ 3 -3 * O Multiple Dependent Claim(s) Presented · If the ditterence is less than zero, enter "0" in Col. 2. Fee x 22 1 $ x 40 $ +130 $ x 80_ $ +260 $ EOTAL $ FOTAL $ 88 858 6. A verified statement to establish small entity status under 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.9 and 1.27 is enclosed/ was filed in the pending prior application and such status is still proper and desired. 37 C.F.R. § 1.28(a). X 7. The Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks is hereby authorized to charge any fees that may be required, or credit any overpayment, to Deposit Account No. 02-2666. A duplicate of this sheet is enclosed for Deposit Account purposes. X 8. A check in the amount of $ F8_00 is enclosed for the filing fee. 9. Acheckintheamountof $ ursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 1.17. is enclosed for the petition fee 1 . Amend the specification by inserting the following before the first sentence on the first page: X (a) / e This is a X continuation/ no. 0ßlgj6 23L , filed 9/20/94 (b) -, which is a no. continuation/ ,iiled divisional of application , now abandoned.•.. divisional of application . - (Status: abandoned, pending, etc.) (list all prior applications) X 11. It is hereby requested that any request for a convention priority made in the prior application be transferred to this Rule 62 application. -2 - APLNDC00024395 12. X Priority of foreign application riumber filed on in (country) is claimed under 35 U.S.C. § 119. 13. The prior application is assigned of record to: ADDIe Comouter Inc. 1 Infinite Loon. Cunertino. Califomia 95014 Y 14. The Power of Attorney in the prior application is to: Michael J. Mallie sa 591 (Reg. No.) (Name) Edwin H Taylor, Reg. No. 25,129, and certain other listed attorneys or agent(s) of: BLAKELY, SOKOLOFF, TAYLOR & ZAFMAN LLP 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Seventh Floor Los Angeles, California 90025 (310) 207-3800 X (a) The Power appears in the original papers of the prior application nO. (WS18 997 filed ennut (b) The Power does not appear in the original papers, but was filed on in priorapplication no. tiled (c) A new Power has been executed and is attached. Recognize as an moousiate attomey or agent and address all future communications to: Michani.I Mallin SA 591 (Name) , (Reg. No.) BLAKELY, SOKOLOFF, TAYLOR & ZAFMAN LLP vviisntre tsiva., eventn I-loor Los Angeles, Calitornia 90025 (408) 720-8598 Address all future communications to the undersigned. X 15. Enclosed is a photocopy of a petition for an extension of time pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 1.136 concurrently (or previously) submitted under separate cover for the above-referenced prior application. X 16. Applicant(s) hereby petition(s) for an extension of time pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 1.136, if needed, for the above-noted prior application. The Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks is hereby authorized to charge any extension or petition fee under 37 C.F.R. § 1.17 that may be required for the above-referenced prior application to Deposit Account No. 02-2666. Two photocopies of this document are enclosed for filing in the prior application file and for Deposit Account purposes. X 17. The filing of an application under 37 C.F.R § 1.62 will be construed to include a waiver of secrecy under 35 U.S.C. § 122 to the extent that any member of the public who is -3 - APLNDC00024396 entitled under the provisions of 37 C.F.R. § 1.14 to access to or information concerning either the prior application or any continuing application filed under the provisions of 37 C.F.R. § 1.62 may be given similar access to, or similar information concerning, the other application(s) in the file wrapper. 37 C.F.R. § 1.62(f). 18. This application is being filed by fewer than all the inventors named in the prior application. In accordance with 37 C.F.R. § 1.62(a), the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks is requested to delete the name(s) of the following person(s) who are not inventors of invention being claimed in this application: Respectfully submitted, BLAKELY SOKOLOFF TAYLOR & ZAFMAN LLP Michael J. M ie 12400 Wilshire Boulevard Seventh Floor Los Angeles, California 90025 (408) 720-8598 Reg.No. K sami Attorney or Agent of Record Associate Attorney of Agent Filed Under 37 C.F.R. § 1.34(a) -4 - APLNDC00024397 Attorney Docket No.: 04860.P1365 55 IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE In Re Patent Application of : Steven W. Christensen ) Application No.: 08/316,237 ) Filed: September 30, 1994 For: . Examiner: Dela Torre, C Art Unit: 2415 i herebycertify that this correspondence is being deposited with the United States Postal Service as first class mall with sufficient postage METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AND ACCESSING CONTROL AND STATUS INFORMATION IN A COMPUTE SYSTEM Assistant Commissioner for Patents Washington, D.C. 20231 in an envelope addressed to the Assistant Commissioner for Patenis, Washmgton, D.C.20231 Name of Person Malling Comespondence i Signabue , ' Dato PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME PURSUANT TO 37 C.F.R. § 1.136 (a) Sir: Applicants respectfully request a two month extension of time in which to respond to the Advisory Action mailed January 31, 1997. The two month extension extends the date of response to March 31, 1997. A check for $390:00 is enclosed for the fee for a two month extension of time. If any additional fee is required, please charge Deposit Account No. 092666. A duplicate of this Petition is enclosed for deposit account charging št purposes. en Respectfully submitted, BLAKELY, OKOLOFF, TAYLOR & Z.AFMAN LLP Dated: X ,1997 Michael J. I\flallie Reg. No. 36,591 12400 Wilshire Blvd. Seventh Floor Los Angeles, CA 90025-1026 (408) 720-8598 APLNDC00024398 . - · UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office ce N NO. FILING DATE Address: COMMISSIONEROFPATENTSAND smucMARKS Washington, D.C. 20231 FIRST NAMED INVENTOR E6M1/ 08 14 BLAKELY SOKOLOFF TAYL.OR & ZAFMAN 12400 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD SEVENTH FLOOR LOS AN6iELES CA 90025 ATTORNEY DOCKET NO. EXAMINER DELA TORRE . C ARTU DATE MAILED: 415 P R NUMBER OS/ 14/97 Please find below and/or attached an Office communication concerning this application or proceeding. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks APLNDC00024399 Application No. Applicant(s) 08/821,004 Office Action Summary Christensen Examiner Crescelle Delatorre Group Art Unit 2415 Responsive to communication(s) filed on Mar 20, 1997 This action is FINAL. Since this application is in condition for allowance except for formal matters, prosecution as to the merits is closed in accordance with the practice under Ex parte Quayle, 1935 C.D. 11; 453 O.G. 213. A shortened statutory period for response to this action is set to expire three month(s), or thirty days, whichever is longer, from the mailing date of this communication. Failure to respond within the period for response will cause the application to become abandoned. (35 U.S.C. § 133). Extensions of time may be obtained under the provisions of 37 CFR L136(a). Disposition of Claims Claim(s) 1-24 islare pending in the application. Of the above, claim(s) is/are withdrawn from consideration. O claim(s) is/are allowed. Claim(s) 1-24 is/are rejected. O claim(s) islare objected to. O Claims are subject to restriction or election requirement. Application Papers O See the attached Notice of Draftsperson's Patent Drawing Review, PTO-948. O The drawing(s) filed on islare objected to by the Examiner. O The proposed drawing correction, filed on is 03pproved Ojisapproved. O The specification is objected to by the Examiner. O The oath or declaration is objected to by the Examiner. Priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119 O Acknowledgement is made of a claim for foreign priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119(aHd). All O Some* O None of the CERTIFIED copies of the priority documents have been O received. received in Application No. (Series Code/Serial Number) O received in this national stage application from the International Bureau (PCT Rule 17.2(a)). *Certified copies not received: O Acknowledgement is made of a claim for domestic priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119(e). Attachment(s) Notice of References Cited, PTO-892 O Information Disclosure Statement(s), PTO-1449, Paper No(s). Interview Summary, PTO-413 O Notice of Draftsperson's Patent Drawing Review, PTO-948 Notice of Informal Patent Application, PTO-152 --- SEE OFFICE ACTION ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES --ent and Trademark Office 326 (Rev. 9-95) Office Action Summary Part of Paper No. 14 APLNDC00024400 Serial Number: 08/821,004 Page 2 Art Unit: 2415 DETAILED ACTION 1. This action is responsive to communications: Preliminary Amendment C, filed on 3/20/97. This action is made final. 2. Claims 1 - 24 are pending in this case. Claims 1, I I, 15 are independent claims. This application is an FWC of 08/316,237, filed on 9/30/94, now abandoned. 3. The present title of the invention is "Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System" as originally filed. Claim Rejections - 35 USC §102 4. The following is a quotation of the appropriate paragraphs of 35 U.S.C. 102 that form the basis for the rejections under this section made in this Office action: A person shall be entitled to a patent unless - (a) the invention was known or used by others in this country, or patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country, before the invention thereofby the applicant for a patent. 5. Claims 1 - 3, 8 - 24 are rejected under 35 U.S.C. § 102(a) as being anticipated by Cohausz (EPO 0 584 392 Al), based upon the English translation, which is included with this Office Action. APLNDC00024401 Serial Number: 08/821,004 Page 3 Art Unit: 2415 As per claim 1, Cohausz teaches an "interactive computer-controlled display system" with a 'status indicator for a computer program', that comprises: "a processor" which is inherently taught by Cohausz, smee a processor is necessary m order to execute the functions of the status indicator; "a data display screen" with 'monitor screen' at p. 4, paragraph 5; "a cursor control device" with a 'mouse cursor' at p. 5, paragraph 2; "a window generation and control logic" to ",,, uts: an operating environment for a plurality of individual programming modules that provide status and control functions" at the bridging paragraph of pp. 2 - 3, "wherein the window generation and control logic generates and displays a first window region" with oblong field I, at Figs. 1 - 3, and at p. 4, paragraph 5, "having a plurality of display areas" with individual fields 2, at Fig. 1, and at p. 4, paragraph 5, "wherein each of the plurality of display areas is associated with one of the plurality of individual programming modules" at p. 3, paragraph 2; "an indicia generation logic" to "execute at least one of the plurality of programming modules to generate information for display in one of the plurality of display areas" at p. 3, paragraph 2, "wherein at least one of the plurality of display areas and its associated programming module is sensitive to user input" at p. 5, paragraph 2, and further using "message-based communication to exchange information to coordinate activities of the indicia generation logic to enable interactive display activity" at p. 3, paragraph 2, which teaches information passing between the status indicator and the respective program area, text, or information segment. APLNDC00024402 Serial Number: 08/821,004 Page 4 Art Unit: 2415 As per claim 2, Cohausz teaches a "control strip" with oblong field 1, at Figs. 1 - 3. Regarding claim 3, Cohausz also teaches that "at least one display area is variably sized" at p. 5, paragraph 1, and p. 6, paragraph 2. In addition, Cohausz teaches that "at least one of the plurality of display areas only displays information" [claim 8] at p. 3, paragraph 2, and at Figs. 1 - 3; or "acts to provide access to control info--- on when selected" [claim 9] at p. 3, paragraph 2, or "displays an additional display element" [claim 10] at p. 6, paragraph 3. In reference to claim 11, Cohausz teaches the following subject matter: "a processor" which is inherently taught by Cohausz, smce a processor is necessary in order to execute the functions of the status indicator; "a data display screen" with 'monitor screen' at p. 4, paragraph 5; "a cursor control device" with a 'mouse cursor' at p. 5, paragraph 2; "a window generation and control logic" to "create an operating environment for a plurality of individual programming modules that provide status and control functions" at the bridging paragraph of pp. 2 - 3, "wherein the window generation and control logic generates and displays a first window region" with oblong field 1, at Figs. 1 - 3, and at p. 4, paragraph 5, "having a plurality of display areas" with individual fields 2, at Fig. 1, and at p. 4, paragraph 5, "wherein each of the plurality of display areas is associated with one of the plurality of individual programming modules" at p. 3, paragraph 2; APLNDC00024403 Seria Number: 08/82 004 Page 5 Art Unit: 2415 "at least one indicia graphics generation logic" that "generates user sensitive graphics for display in at least one data display area by executing at least one of the plurality of programming modules" at p. 3, paragraph 2; and wherein the window generation and control logic determines when a data display area has been selected, signals the indicia graphics generation logic, which then initiates a response from said at least one of the plurality of programming modules, also at p. 3, paragraph 2. Cohausz also teaches that the "first window region is always visible to the user" [claim 12] at p. 4, paragraph 5, since he teaches that the status indicator is 'visible during the entire program'. As per claims 13, 14, they correspond respectively to claims 2, 3. As to claim 15, Cohausz teaches the following steps: "creating an operating environment for a plurality of individual programming modules that provide status and control functions" at p. 2, paragraph 4 to p. 3, paragraph 2; "generating a first window" with oblong field 1, at Figs. 1 - 3, and at p. 4, paragraph 5, to accommodate a "plurality of display areas for indicia" with individual fields 2, at Figs. 1 - 3, and at p. 4, paragraph 5, resulting from "executing at least one of the plurality of individual programming modules, wherein each of the plurality of display areas is associated with one of the plurality of individual programming modules" at p. 3, paragraph 2; "displaying an indicia" as shown at Figs. 1 - 3; "selecting one of the indicia" at p. 5, paragraph 2; and APLNDC00024404 Serial Number: 08/821,004 Page 6 Art Unit: 2415 "said programming module performing a function in response to the selection" at p. 5, paragraph 2. In addition, Cohausz teaches "status information" [claim 16] and "control information" [claim 17] at Figs. 1 - 3, and at p. 5, paragraphs 2, 3. As to claim 18, Cohausz teaches that the first programming module requests a set of features at p. 5, paragraph 2, sends a message to the programming module indicative of features, and the programming module returns a message; such that the programming modules interact with each other in response to user interaction with the first programming module, also at p. 5, paragraph 2. Cohausz also teaches the following: that each of the plurality of display areas is individually and variable sized [claims 19, 22] at p. 5, paragraph 1, and p. 6, paragraph 2; the first window region always appears in front of application windows [claims 20, 23] at p. 4, paragraph 5, wherein the status indicator is 'visible during the entire program'; and the first window region is in a 'private window layer' [claims 21, 24] also at p. 4, paragraph 5. Claim Rejections - 35 USC § 103 6. The following is a quotation of 35 U.S.C. 103(a) which forms the basis for all obviousness rejections set forth in this Office action: (a) A patent may not be obtained though the invention is not identically disclosed or described as set forth in section 102 of this title, if the differences between the subject matter sought to be patented and the prior art are such that the subject matter as a whole would have been obvious at the time the invention was made to a person APLNDC00024405 Serial Number: 08/821,004 Page 7 put Unit: 2415 having ordinary skill in the art to which said subject matter pertains. Patentability shall not be negatived by the manner in which the invention was made. 7. Claims 4 - 7 are rejected under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a) as being unpatentable over Cohausz (EPO 0 584 392 Al), based upon the English translation, and the patent to Mills et al. (U.S. patent 5,202,961). Cohausz teaches that the display areas [individual fields 2] of the first window region [oblong field 1] are variably sized at p. 5, paragraph 1, and p. 6, paragraph 2, but does not teach that the first window region is variably sized [claim 4], such that none of the plurality of display areas is visible [claim 5], all are visible [claim 6], or a portion is visible [claim 7]. On the other hand, Mills et al., hereinafter Mills, teach that the size of the first window region is variable [claim 4] also at col. 4, lines 8 - 9, and also teaches sizing the first window region so that none of the display areas are visible [claim 5] with close box 28, at Fig. 2, and at col. 4, lines 7 - 8, or all [claim 6] or a portion [claim 7] of the display areas are visible, both at col. 4, lines 8 - 9. Although Cohausz does not teach that the first window region is variably sized, it would have been obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art at the time of the invention to vary the size of the first window region as taught by Mills, because it gives the user control over how much and what to display of the status indicator. APLNDC00024406 Serial Number: 08/821,004 Page 8 Art Unit: 2415 Response to Arguments 8. Applicant's arguments filed 8/23/96 have been fully considered but they are not persuasive. The examiner agrees with applicant that Mills does not teach "providing logic that creates an operating environment like a shell for other programming modules to provide status and control functions". As pointed out by applicant, in Mills, the "control window is used for controlling video generated by an application". Rather, the Cohausz reference was used to reject the present claims. Like applicant 's claimed invention, Cohausz teaches "creating an operating environment for a plurality of individual progrm..,,, tag modules that provide status and control functions" to generate and display a first window region [oblong field 1] having a plurality of display areas [individual fields 2], as shown at Figs. 1 - 3, and at p. 4, paragraph 5. In an after-final amendment, dated 1/21/97, which was not entered, applicant's primary arguments regarding the Cohausz reference, when taken alone or in combination with the Mills reference, were that Cohausz does not teach "individual programming modules" nor does Cohausz teach "message based communication for information exchange". The examiner disagrees with applicant on both points because Cohausz teaches "individual programming modules" at the bridging paragraph of pp. 2 - 3 ['an oblong field comprising an plurality of individual fields... each of which constitutes an operating field or control button... that branches into the associated program area or executes the associated program function']. In addition, Cohausz teaches message based communication at p. 3, second paragraph, that either tells the APLNDC00024407 Serial Number: 08/821,004 Page 9 Art Unit: 2415 module what to do or to obtain information about the module and its capabilities ['the status indicator has the double function of operating like a menu {tells the module what to do} and of displaying exactly where in the program or in the body of information the operator or user is located {obtains information about the module- i.e. location of the user in the program}']. Conclusion 9. The prior art made of record and not relied upon is considered pertinent to applicant's disclosure. Foster et al. (U.S. patent 5,588,105) teach a status bar that includes an icon for controlling the application program or an area which displays information generated by the application program [see Fig. 5]. Oran et al. (U.S. patent 65,617,526) describe a system visual notification area for displaying visual notifications to a user, such as events, status information, and other information [see Figs. 2 - 6]. Jones et al. (U.S. patent 5,644,334) detail status indicators located adjacent to their associated objects in a side bar panel [see Figs. 6A - 6B]. 10. THIS ACTION IS MADE FINAL. Applicant is i d of the extension of time policy as set forth in 37 CFR 1.136(a). APLNDC00024408 Serial Number: 08/821,004 Page 10 yt Unit: 2415 A shortened statutory period for response to this final action is set to expire THREE MONTHS from the date of this action. In the event a first response is filed within TWO MONTHS of the mailing date of this final action and the advisory action is not mailed until after the end of the = *-I« »E-MONTH shortened statutory period, then the shortened statutory period will expire on the date the advisory action is mailed, and any extension fee pursuant to 37 CFR l.136(a) will be calculated from the mailing date of the advisory action. In no event will the statutory period for response expire later than SIX MONTHS from the date of this final action. Responses 11. Responses to this action should be mailed to: Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, Washington, D.C. 20231. If applicant desires to fax a response, (703) 308-9051 may be used for formal communications or (703) 305-9724 for informal or draft communications. NOTE: A Request for Continuation (Rule 60 or 62) cannot be faxed. Please label "PROPOSED" or "Du - " for informal facsimile communications. 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All Internet e-mail communications will be made of record in the application file. PTO employees do not engage in Internet communications where there exists a possibility that sensitive information could be identified or exchanged unless the record includes a properly signed express waiver of the confidentiality requirements of 35 U.S.C. 122. This is more clearly set forth in the Interim Internet Usage Policy published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark on February 25, 1997 at 1195 OG 89. Any inquiry of a general nature or relating to the status of this application or proceeding should be directed to the Group receptionist whose telephone number is (703) 305-3800. cAndgust 12, 1997 PRIMARY EXAMINER ART UNIT 2415 APLNDC00024410 Application No. Applicant(s) 08/821,004 Notice of Refererices Citeri Christensen Examiner Group Art Unit Crescelle Delatorre 2415 Page 1 of 1 U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS cocuMENT NO. DATE NAME CLASS 5,588,105 12/1996 Foster et al. 395 5,617,526 4/1997 Oran et al. 8943 5 6 7/1997 Jones et al. 39& 334 S ^^ c, 326 a 119 426x y H M FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS DocuMENT NO. DATE COUNTRY NAME CLASS SUBCLASS N NON-PATENT DOCUMENTS uva,wm . (including Author, Tide, Soun:e, and Pertinent Pages) DATE U V Patent and Trademark Office TO-892 (Rev. 9-95) Notice of References Cited Part of Paper No. 14 APLNDC00024411 Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll US005588105A United States Patent [19] Foster et al. (11] Patent Number: [45] Date of Patent: 5,588,105 Dec. 24, 1996 [54] STATUS BAR FOR APPLICATION WINDOWS = ·· -- URLif'ATIONS [75] Inventors: Gregg S. Foster, Woodside; Stephen P. Capps, San Carlos, both of Calif. Microsoft Windows Version 3.0 User's Guide, Microsoft Corporation, 1990, pp. 17-18, 23-25, 28-29, 44-47, 55-56, 156-157, 398-399. O'Connor, Rory J., "Applebanking on Newton's brain," San Jose Mercury News, Apr. 22, 1992. Weiman et al, "A Step Toward the Future" Macworld, Aug. 1992, pp. 129-131. M. Soviero, "Your World According to Newton" Popular Science, Sep. 1992, pp. 45-49. E Abatemarco, "From the Editof' Popular Sceinee, Sep. 1992, p. 4. [73) Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, Calif. [21] Appl. No.: 393,880 [22] Filed: Feb. 24, 1995 Related U.S. Application Data Prénary Eraminer-RaymondJ. Bayerl Anomey, Agern, or Firm--Hickman Beyer & Weaver [63] Continuation of Ser. No. 976,970, Nov. 16, 1992, abandoned. GO6F 3/14; GO6F 3/033 [52] U.S. Cl. 395/326; 395/348 [58] Field of Search ..... 395/155, 157, 395/159, 156, 158; 345/119, 120, 146, 902 (57] ABSTRACT A status bar characterized by a template generated independently of an application program and displayed on a computer screen in contact with an application window. The [51] Int. Cl 6 [56] template carries at least one active area that can include an icon for controlling the application program or an area which displays information generated by the application program. Altematively, or additionally, the active area can References Cited include "global functions" of the computer system. A U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS method for providing a status bar is characterized by the steps of creating a status bar template having at least one area to be activated, activating at least one area to create a status bar, and displaying the status bar on a computer screen in contact with an associated application window displayed on the computer screen. The step of creating a status bar template can include the steps ofcreating a pluralityof status 4,931,783 6/1990 Atkinson ......................... 345/146 X 5,121,477 6/1992 Koopmans et al. 395/156 5,140,678 8/1992 'Ibrres ......... ... 395/159 5,179,655 1/1993 Noguchi et al. ..... 395/158 5,230,063 7/1993 Hoeber et aL ....................... 395/156 5,255,358 10/1993 Busboom et al. ................. 395/156 X 5,276,795 1/1994 Hoeber et al. ........................ 395/156 5,305,435 4/1994 Bronson .. ............. 395/159 5,317,687 5/1994 Tbtres ................................. 395/159 5,375,200 12/1994 Dugan et al. 5,425,141 6/1995 Gedye ............ bar templates, one of which is chosen to be attached to a particular application window. 395/159 395/157 40 Claims, 11 Drawing Sheets 42 who Bob Martin what Mv Card where Cunertino CA 90 Number 408-555-4321 96 at Card FAXSLIP 98 |PREVle 94 92 ( 408 ) 555 - 1234 72 APLNDC00024412 38 10 000 * 000 20 _________,24 36 12 CLOC26 (18 CPU \/O SERIAL PORT 4 728 OTHER 30 16 14 y RAM - 22 STORE APLNDC00024413 U.S. Patent Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 2 or n 5,588,105 10 B 46 50 48 DEC'1, 1992 NOTE'1 44 ........ 20 --58 60 62 64 66 68 42 70 Iváv i | FONT| 2 3 52 54a 54b 56 24 Ig.2 APLNDC00024414 u.s. Pat€BÉ Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 3 of 11 5,588,105 42 Gregg Foster Apple Computer, Inc. (408) 555 - 1234 FILTER 7 78 80 MORE 82 -74 N 84 86 APLNDC00024415 U.S. Patent Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 4 of 11 5,588,105 42 Gregg Foster «- 72 Apple Computer, Inc. FAX MAIL ' 88 ( 408 ) 555 - 12: EsDH OG ._..J..._.J._.J 86 FIÇ.4 APLNDC00024416 U.S. Patent Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 5 of 11 5,588,105 42 who what Bob Martin My Card y 90 where Cunertino. CA Number 408-555-4321 96 mat Card FAXSLIP 98 PREVIE 94 -92 72 ( 408 ) 555 - 1234 -74 O ._.J ._.J ........J 86 FIg. 5 APLNDC00024417 U.S. Patent Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 6 or n 5,588,105 START 104 106 START A NEW APPLACATION PROGRAM 102 108 COUPLE STATUS BAR TO APPLICATION PROGRAM WINDOW DISPLAY APPLICATION PROGRAM WINDOW WITH STATUS BAR ON A COMPUTER SCREEN 110 114 APPLICATION FEEDBACK ? 116 NO UPDATE AREA ON STATUS BAR YES 118 STATUS BAR ACTION ? 120 NO DO STATUS BAR ACTION YES 122 BUTTON ACTION? NO DO BUTTON ACTION YES APLNDC00024418 U.S. Patent Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 7 of 11 5,588,105 START 124 126 108 APPLICATION OBTAINS STATUS BAR TEMPLATE 130 128 * ANY AREAS TO FILL ? FILL AREAS NO DONE , 132 START 152 130 YES ALL AREAS FILLED ? 154 DONE NO CREATE A NEW AREA / INSTALL NEW AREA IN STATUS BAR 160 156 158 APLNDC00024419 U.S. Patent nee.24, nu sheet s or n 5,588,105 IÇ. &a 134 H , Y W IÇ. 86 138 140 14 1 Ig. 8J 146 14 150 -I APLNDC00024420 U.S. Patent Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 9 of 11 162 156 5,588,105 'FIg.10 START 164 YES 166 - OBTAIN A BUTTON TEMPLATE CHEATE A BUTTON ? NO 168 172 CUSTOMIZE BUTTON 176 / CUSTOMIZE CRATE L NO TEXT TEMPLATE 180 178 v YES CREATE OTHER ? \ OBTAIN TEMPLATE NO 182 170 DONE CUSTOMIZE TEMPLATE , APLNDC00024421 U.S. Patent Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 10 or n 5,588,105 186 184 IQ. 11 12b 18 8 1 192 194 196 198 42 IQ. 12a 186 200 FIg.126 A I 18 I 42 APLNDC00024422 U.S. Patent Dec. 24, 1996 Sheet 11 of 11 202 5,588,105 118 START 204 206 YES DRAG ? DO DRAG NO - 210 208 YES GESTURE ? - DO GESTURE NO 214 212 YES OTHER ? DO OTHER NO 216 DONE APLNDC00024423 5,588,105 1 2 STATUS BAR FOR APPLICATION WINDOWS to display information derived from the application pro- gram, display information derived from the computer system ("global information"), or control a function of the This is a continuation of application Ser. No. 07/967,970 filed Nov. 16, 1992, now abandoned. computer system ("global control"). A method for providing a status bar includes the steps of creating a status bar template having at least one area to be BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION activated; activating the area to create a status har for that This invention relates generally to computer systems, and application; and displaying the status bar on a computer more particularly to graphical user interfaces for computer screen in contact with an associated application window. systems. Io The step of creating a status bar template can include Graphical user interfaces or GUI are becoming increascreating a number of altemative status bar templates, in ingly popular with computer users. It is generally accepted which case an additional step of selecting one of the status 5 that computers having graphical user interfaces are easier to bar templates is performed. Again, the active area can use, and that it is quicker to leam an application program in control a function of the application program, display infora GUI environment than in a non-GUI environment. 15 mation from the application program, display global information, orit can control a function outside ofthe application Apple Computer, Inc. is widely credited with popularizprogram. ing graphical user interfaces with the GUI provided on their Macintosh line of computers. The Macintosh GUI includes a "desk top" area occupying most of the computer screen, a A major advantage of the posent invention is that the status bar is attached directly to an application window so menu bar provided along the top of the screen which * there is no ambiguity as to which application program that status bar controls. Another advantage of the status bar is provides a number of pull-down menus that can be activated with a pointing device, such as a mouse or track ball. The that it can be configured by the application program with application specific features. Furthermore, the status bar output of application programs can be displayed on the a common graphical user interface which makes the screen within a "window" which can cover part or all of the desk top. The menu bar, however, is always visible and will 6 status bar functions easy to leam and use. always display certain system required functions regardless of which application program is currently active. BRIEF DESCRIF110N OF THE When multiple windows are open on the screen, it can, at times, become confusing as to which application is currently active and which application is being controlledby the menu bar. For example, even though the Macintosh GUI causes a FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a computer system in accordance with the present invention; FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the screen, case, and keypad of the computer system of FIG. 1; tive shading, users still sometimes mistake a non-active FIG. 3 illustrates a first screen display showing a pop-up window for the active window and try to operate on the 35 window with a status bar; non-active window with the menu bar. FIG. 4 is a view of the screen where a pop-up window has title bar associated with an active window to have a distinc- Some graphical user interfaces, such as X-window and been activated from the status bar; some graphical UNIX user interfaces, permit multiple active FIG. 5 is a view of the screen where a second window has windows on a computer screen. While such systems are been opened with an associated status bar; advantageous in that several application programs can be 40 FIG. 6is a flow diagramof amethodforproviding a status mn at the same time, the user interface becomes more bar in accordance with the present invention; complex since each application program can provide its FIG.7 is a flow diagram illustrating, in greater detail, the own, idiosyncratic interface to a user. This added complexity "Couple Status Bar" step of FIG. 6; decreases user efficiency and increases leaming time. FIGS. Sa-8b illustrate several status bar templates; In view of the foregoing, it would be desirable to haVC 45 similar user interfaces associated with any application proFIG. 9 illustrates the "Fill Areas" step 130 of FIG. 7; gram window which might be displayed on a screen. With FIG. 10 is a flow diagram illustrating the "Create a New such an system, it would be immediately clear which appliArea" step 156 of FIG. 9; cation was being acted upon, and user elliciency would be FIG. 11 illustrates a completed status bar object; increased due to standardization of the interface. So FIGS. 12A and 12B illustrates the "Install New Area" step 158 of FIG. 9; SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION FIG. 13 is a flow diagram illustrating the "Do Status Bar The present invention overcomes the disadvantage of the Action" step 118 of FIG. 6. prior art with a "status bar" which is attached to open ss application windows. Since the status bar is attached directly DETAILED DESCRIPITON OF THE to the application window, there is no ambiguity as to which EMBODIMENT window that status bar controls. Furthermore, the status bar has a en==nn format to provide a more uniform graphical The present invention is well suited for pointer based user interface for the user of the computer system· 60 computer systems such as the pen-based, stylus-based and mouse driven systems that are currently popular. For the A status bar in accordance with the present invention purposes of illustration, the invention will be described in includes a status bar template generated independently of an connection with a pen-based system. However, the present application program which is displayed on a computer invention is well suited to any computer system using a screen in contact with an application window. The status bar template carries at least one active area. The active area can 65 window-type graphical user interface (GUI), or for non- include an icon which, if activated, can control an operation of the application program. The active area can also be used window interfaces where a common user interface for application programs is desired. APLNDC00024424

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