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Design Patents for Animated Images: Development Trends

Title: Design Patents for Animated Images: Development Trends

Authors: Chen, Rain; Shen, Sung-Yun; Tan, Su-Ping

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.

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