The Register: Apple patents desktop themesMar 10, 2001, 05:13 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)
"Microsoft's plan to providing Windows XP (aka Whistler) with interface themes (aka skins) may be knocked on the head by Apple, which has patented desktop themes."
"The patent, granted on 13 February from an application made way back in May 1998, covers "systems and methods for providing a user with increased flexibility and control over the appearance and behaviour of objects on a user interface are described."
"...We were interested to learn that Apple's original patent application was made a mere eight days after well-established UI enhancements-oriented Web site Themes.org was launched, on 25 April 1998. Themes.org - for those not in the know - provides stacks of modified interface widgets for the main Linux GUI window managers, including KDE, Enlightenment (Gnome's WM), WindowMaker, AfterStep and Blackbox."