Nick Bilton for The New York Times (emphasis mine):
This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application.
Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner Brothers cartoons.
Matt Macari for The Verge (emphasis mine):
Apple doesn't now own the page turn.
Patents granted to companies like Microsoft, Adobe, and even Apple, were cited during the USPTO's examination process and demonstrate that the emulation of physical page turning on electronic devices isn't new and this patent is necessarily limited by that history. Unless a competitor exactly copies this particular turning animation — and key players like Amazon and Barnes & Noble have not — it's not likely to be used as a powerful weapon in future litigation. It's more like a single arrow in Apple's ever-growing patent quiver, for whatever that's worth.
Did I mention Macari is a registered patent attorney?