Twitter Tries to Patent Pull-to-Refresh

Posted March 27, 2012 at 8:05pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6269 views

Twitter is trying to patent the pull-to-refresh action used by Loren Brichter, the developer of Tweetie. Twitter purchased Tweetie back in April 2010. The patent was filed about four months later.

Listing Brichter as the inventor, the U.S. Patent Application is entitled, 'User Interface Mechanics' and reads:

Methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses for providing enhanced user interface mechanics are presented. In one arrangement, a scrollable list of content items may be displayed. Input associated with a scroll command may be received. Then, based on the scroll command, a scrollable refresh trigger may be displayed. Subsequently, the scrollable list of content items may be refreshed in response to determining, based on the scroll command, that the scrollable refresh trigger has been activated. In at least one instance, it may be determined that the scrollable refresh trigger has been activated in response to determining that the scroll command was completed while the scrollable refresh trigger was fully displayed.

The wide reaching description appears to apply not only to apps like Facebook and Tweetbot but also to apps like Clear which use the action for more than the typical 'refresh' functionality.

ObamaPacman notes that the patent has not been granted yet and could fail based on prior art.

"We're pretty sure many App Store titles had that feature before 2010 so it may fail the prior art portion of the patent examination process."

Read More [via CultofMac]


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Alive beat - March 27, 2012 at 9:29pm
And I applied for a patent where you push a button to power a unit on or off...!
MM - March 27, 2012 at 9:33pm
Good for you. But pull to refresh is not the same as a on/off button. The pull to refresh action is common now but can you name one program/app/user interface that used the pull to refresh action?
Alive beat - March 28, 2012 at 12:52am
Yes..! Iclarified
Alive beat - March 28, 2012 at 12:53am
But it also has " release to refresh" haha
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