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Patent Issued for Navigating Applications Using Side-Mounted Touchpad

May 14, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Papakipos, Matthew Nicholas (Palo Alto, CA); Cahill, Matthew (San Francisco, CA), filed on October 17, 2011, was published online on April 29, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8711116, is Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A touchpad is an input device including a surface that detects touch-based inputs of users. A touch screen is an electronic visual display that detects the presence and location of user touch inputs. Mobile devices such as a mobile phone, a tablet computer, and a laptop computer often incorporate a touch screen or a touchpad to facilitate user interactions with application programs running on the mobile device."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Particular embodiments relate to touch-based user interfaces that allow a user of a computing device to navigate between application user interface layers by using touch inputs to a side-mounted touchpad. These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the disclosure are described in more detail below in the detailed description and in conjunction with the following figures."

For more information, see this patent: Papakipos, Matthew Nicholas; Cahill, Matthew. Navigating Applications Using Side-Mounted Touchpad. U.S. Patent Number 8711116, filed October 17, 2011, and published online on April 29, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Facebook Inc.

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Source: Journal of Engineering

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