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Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "(1) Field of the Invention
"The field of the invention is a method of manipulating data between applications on an handheld electronic devices.
"(2) Description of Related Art Including Information Disclosed Under 37 CFR 1.97 and 1.98
"Generally known methods of obtaining data from one application for use in another application require a user to go through multiple procedural steps. For example, as shown in FIG. 1, a Windows PC user who intends on emailing a content of a website 10 to a friend will need to move the cursor to 'file,' click on 'file' for a pull down menu 11, and then move the cursor to 'send to' and initiate another pull down menu 12, and then move the cursor to 'page by E-mail,' and then click on 'page by E-mail.'
"Similarity, a user could also use copy-and-paste function to copy information from one application to paste onto another application. This typically requires the user to manually select and choose a copy function, close one application, open another application, then manually select and chose a paste function.
"When the applications are utilized on a single window handheld device, these required steps become very tedious and time consuming.
"Thus, there is still a need for relatively more efficient ways to retrieve data from one application for use in another application.
"All referenced patents, applications and literatures are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety. Furthermore, where a definition or use of a term in a reference, which is incorporated by reference herein, is inconsistent or contrary to the definition of that term provided herein, the definition of that term provided herein applies and the definition of that term in the reference does not apply. The invention may seek to satisfy one or more of the above-mentioned desires. Although the present invention may obviate one or more of the above-mentioned desires, it should be understood that some aspects of the invention might not necessarily obviate them."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Among the many different possibilities contemplated, an electronic device, such as a handheld communication device, is contemplated to have a logic that transfers information from a first application to a second application, wherein both the first and the second application are run on the electronic device. The contemplated device has an operating system installed in the device, and a touch screen, a processor, a memory in communication with the processor, and a logic configured to display a user interface having a single-page interface page.
"In further contemplated embodiments, the single-page interface page displays a first item (e.g., a minimized screen shot) indicative of the information gathered by the first application. In yet other preferred embodiments, the single-page interface page also displays a second item (e.g., an icon) indicative of the second application.
"Other embodiments include a single-page interface page that displays more than one icons indicative of multiple numbers of applications capable of receiving the information from the first application.
"There are further embodiments where the single-page interface page displays a collection of minimized screen shots, each indicative of information gathered at different times from at least one application.
"The most preferred embodiments include a logic configured to transfer the information to the second application by, at most, three physical steps--pressing a hard key, tapping the first item on the touch screen, and use a dragging motion towards the second item.
"Various objects, features, aspects and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention, along with the accompanying drawings in which like numerals represent like components.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"It should be noted that the drawing figures may be in simplified form and might not be to precise scale. In reference to the disclosure herein, for purposes of convenience and clarity only, directional terms, such as, top, bottom, left, right, up, down, over, above, below, beneath, rear, front, distal, and proximal are used with respect to the accompanying drawings. Such directional terms should not be construed to limit the scope of the invention in any manner.
"FIG. 1 is a screen shot of illustrating prior art method of sending a URL address from an Internet browser via email to another person.
"FIG. 2 is an illustration of an embodiment of the present invention, showing the change of a page of the first application, to a single-page interface page.
"FIG. 3 is an illustration of an embodiment of the present invention, showing a user manipulation on the single-page interface page to transfer information.
"FIG. 4 is a diagram showing transfer of information between three applications on an operating system.
"FIG. 5 is a diagram showing transfer of information from two applications to a third application on an operating system."
For more information, see this patent application: TSAI, Chieh-Chih. Visualized Information Conveying System. Filed
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