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Title: Design Patents for Animated Images: Development Trends
Authors: Chen, Rain
Shen, Sung-Yun
Tan, Su-Ping
Keywords: Animated image;Design patent;Graphical user interface (GUI);Computer-generated icon (CGI)
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Mobile devices have replaced computers and become the major tool to browse web pages. Such a result has enhanced the demand for animated image design and patent applications. Animated images, including graphical user interface (GUI) and computer-generated icons (CGI), are set to become mainstream applications in design patents. Taking the official database of animated images in the USA as the research sample, this study aims to analyse the animated image patents and their anticipated development trends. A total of 201 samples were screened for this study. The research concluded as follows: (1) The frequency of applications related to GUI and CGI increased annually and the number of GUI applications far exceeded that of CGI after 2010, showing that GUI is gradually replacing CGI and becoming the mainstream application in animated image patents. (2) The GUI applications focus on computers and mobile phones, indicating that the applications of computers and mobile phones are the major developments of GUI for the time being. It is worth noting that the number of applications of GUI patents with unspecified object is also increasing in the past years, revealing the diversified development trend of GUI, beyond the applications of computers and mobile phones. (3) An assignee analysis revealed Microsoft as the first enterprise to attain patent portfolios of animated images and has, to some extent, presented barriers to the entry of other enterprises. (4) As far as number of patent icons is concerned, seven dynamic icons have appeared in the US Animated Image Patent Gazette.
Page(s): 43-48
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.19(1) [January 2014]

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