(second generation)

The Audet Axis-Based User Interface patent portfolio covers aspects and features of user interfaces utilizing axes. This is the second-generation portfolio. With an earliest priority dating back to March 29, 2006, the second-generation portfolio comprises 30 U.S. patents, 29 pending U.S. patent applications, 6 Canadian patents, and 11 pending CA applications.

The original Audet Axis-Based User Interface patent portfolio has an earliest priority of October 15, 2001, and included six US patents, seven then-pending US patent applications, and one CA patent. This original Audet patent portfolio was purchased by Apple, Inc. in 2012. Click to inspect the assignment to Apple.

The second-generation portfolio was under development at that time and was excluded from the sale to Apple. Building on the original portfolio, the second-generation portfolio covers many improvements and enhancements to axis-based user interfaces and associated functions for presenting and ordering elements along the axes. Specifically, the second-generation portfolio relates to:

  • Time-based chronological ordering and sequencing used by axes (“Timelines”);

  • Time distribution of the chronological ordering including linear and non-linear timescales about which the elements are displayed along the axes (“Timescales”);

  • Highlights and links established between elements displayed on the axes and commonalities established among a plurality of axes for increased graphical meaning (“Mapping”);

  • Search features within an axes-based interface (“Search”);

  • Navigation along and between axes (“Navigation”);

  • Methodologies for ordering and retrieving content among axes (“Browsing”);

  • Use of axes in workflow context using listings and series of steps (“Workflow”);

  • Axes management and structure (“Management”); and

  • Graphical integrity of content presentation when zooming axes (“Zooming”).

According to Mathieu Audet, the inventor: “With the recent release of Catalina and iOS 13, the time has come to commercialize the second-generation portfolio. When I sold the first-generation patents to Apple, I pursued these others anticipating that one day these too would become highly relevant in the marketplace.


Mr. Audet lives in Quebec and is a pioneer in axis-based user interfaces. Both a Canadian and U.S. patent agent, Mr. Audet began applying for patents in 2001 and established Maya-Systems Inc. in 2002 for developing software branded “iamorganized” utilizing axis-based interfaces (see In 2012, Maya-Systems sold the first-generation portfolio to Apple. Certain patent properties were excluded from the sale, which were developed into the second-generation portfolio by 9224-5489 Quebec, Inc., another one of Mr. Audet’s companies.


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