1-Click, Short-Click, Long-Click, More-Clicks – All Patented

from the click-to-pay dept

theodp writes “Not to be outdone by Amazon’s 1-Click patent, Microsoft snagged a patent from the USPTO Tuesday for a Time based hardware button for application launch, which covers causing different actions to occur depending upon whether a button is pressed for a short period of time, a long period of time, or multiple times within a short period of time. So does pressing car radio buttons for different periods of time to change or set stations constitute patent infringement?” What about double-clicking? Seems like a fair amount of prior art. I know my caller ID box requires a “double-click” to delete phone numbers. Also, I may not remember correctly, but I was under the impression that Apple’s famous “one-button” mouse allows you to fake a right mouse click if you hold down the button.

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Adrian O'Connor says:

Patent on Pressing a Button, Prior Art

The ‘soft’ power button on my PC knows that one quick press means ‘ask the O/S to do something, normally go to standby’ and a 4 second long press means ‘tell the PSU to shut off’.

That must be a very good case of prior art since it’s been around since the inception of ATX PSU’s.

Adam Ashwell says:

One-Button Mouse

The one-button mouse on Macs does NOT have a right click by holding down the button. Hold down control and THEN click, and, bingo, right click. But I myself don’t use a one-button mouse, I got a third party two button mouse with one of them scroll wheels and some buttons and stuff. Logitech. Well, this isn’t a thread about mice, so I’ll stop now.

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