Apple granted design patent for Cover Flow

Patently Apple reports that Apple has been granted a patent for its Cover Flow interface design. Patent D613,300 (PDF) references an “animated graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof” and shows illustrations of Cover Flow being used on an iPhone screen as an example. The design patent covers the appearance of Cover Flow rather than its functionality, and would allow Apple to make an infringement claim against anyone using a UI design that looks “substantially similar” to Cover Flow. [via Engadget]

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