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Method for copy paste operation on mobile devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238524D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-03
Document File: 5 page(s) / 78K

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Mobile devices, especially touch-screen mobile devices, become more and more popular in our everyday work and life. The copy paste operation is one of the most frequently performed operations upon digital devices. However, the limitation of touch-screen mobile devices renders the copy paste operation not as convenient as it is performed via the keyboard and mouse. This invention eases the copy paste operation performed upon touch-screen mobile devices by introducing a graphical visualized copy buffer that is anchored on the screen display, on which you can perform more advanced copy paste actions.

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Method for copy paste operation on mobile devices

Current copy paste methods on mobile devices have the following limitations:

A copy action will override previous copied objects. This is especially painful when you need to switch between different applications to perform copy paste actions.

Even some mobile devices offer a clipboard that allows you to track copy history, it is not easy to retrieve previous copied objects, especially the objects that were copied long ago.

Only one successive string of text can be copied at one time. You cannot copy multiple strings of text that are not successive on the same page at one go.

Prior arts and their drawbacks

Method and system for performing copy-paste operations on a device via user gestures (US 20120081317 A1)

A multi-screen user device and methods for performing a copy-paste operation using finger gestures are disclosed. A first finger gesture is used to select a display area from which data is to be copied. Subsequently, a drag finger gesture is used to identify where the data that is to be pasted. The drag may extend across a non-display boundary between a first and second display screen of the multi-screen device.

The copy history cannot be tracked and the copy action cannot be performed more than one time in a screen.

Composite copy and paste for composite user interfaces (US 8577904 B2)

A selection of a composite copy command is detected via a computing device executing an application framework. The composite copy command is propagated to each active application associated with the application framework. A composite data element is received from each active application. The composite data element received from each active application is stored into a copy buffer.

You cannot copy text locating in more than one place at a time in an application.

In this disclosure,a graphical visualized copy buffer is proposed, on which you can perform more advanced copy paste actions. Details are rendered below:

An expandable clipboard, anchored on the screen display, is folded when standby and is unfolded when a copy or paste event occurs.

The clipboard contains empty slots to store copied objects.

The copied object is dragged from the source area to a slot as copy action; the copied object is dragged from the slot to the target area as


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paste action.

This method can be very useful in the following situations:

You need to perform copy and paste operations for multiple objects.

You need to switch between different applications on mobile devices for the copy and paste operation.
You need to copy multiple objects on the same page.

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