: Apple and UI Patents

May 14th, 2004, 06:48 PM

<blockquote>John Kheit over at the MacObserver wrote that Apple is trying to patent transparency in windows. Funny thing is, Microsoft is already using transparent windows in the new Office for Mac (screen shot here). </blockquote>

While the article is only a brief summary, some of the links are pretty interesting. Check it out.

May 15th, 2004, 11:48 AM
After reading the patent, it doesn't sound like Apple's trying to patent transparent windows, rather the idea of clicking through a transparent window, as well as having unused windows become more transparent as time goes on.

I doubt you could patent transparent windows now; it's a fairly obvious idea, and there's a lot of prior art (Windows 2000 had transparent windows, for example).