Apple seeks patent for its “Notification Center” in iOS
We know what you are thinking, Android had this type of thing running years before it was even a twinkle in the eye of iOS. In fact, Google’s filing for Android’s “notification bar” was back in 2009. However, there are indeed quite a few differences between the platforms. The commonality is “pulling down the shade” to view them and that is about it. Apple’s centralized notification incorporates more “widget” type functions whereas that feature is commonplace all over the Android user experience.
This filing by Apple was done back in June 2012. Since Samsung has alleged that Apple’s centralized notifications for iOS infringes on active patents (assumed to mean the “notification bar”), this will no doubt play a role and make an appearance in future legal drama as the proceedings between Apple and Samsung continue.
sources: USPTO via Apple Insider
iOS Notification Center Patent Drawings Fullscreen
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iOS Notification Center Patent Drawings
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
Not another patent :(
54. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
From what i analyse, patents is the new innovation...according to Mxyzptlk.
Oh, oh, so now i get it...this is why they've been screaming innovation at the sight new, new iPhones!!
65. Cynipap999 (banned) (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)
Yes but Apple can get away with stealing what they do not innovate.
10. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)
From where do you see innovation in that? It's clear that apple just took the notification shade from android, added a weather and stock "widget" (so they call it) and put it in the iOS. Google could sue them, but didn't. It's clear stealling
23. MeoCao (unregistered)
Very dumb implementation, this means the notifications can't be listed in time order?
But still this must be stopped as it's a ripoff of Android's innovation.
28. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
you sir are a certified troll among other iTrolls
30. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1040; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Please pull your head out of your butt-pucker or rather pull that Apple you have stuffed up in there! Its called highway robbery if they get awarded this patent...Apple is done mate!
I'll support Apple when Is ee true innovation come out...I give them credit where its due...the original iPhone, the iPhone 4/4s and the iPad 2...the list stops right there!
32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4721; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
It is called gaming the patent process. Even if Apple can convince an examiner to grant a patent, it won't stand up to an invalidity challenge. Google's notification center application pre-dates Apple's application by 3 years.
Adding widget-like processes to a notification center function is unique? Puhleeeease.
39. protozeloz (Posts: 5188; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
The best part... Android has "ongoing" notifications that act just like widgets
56. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 817; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Yeah, Notification Toggle is a great example.
43. Bedz81 (Posts: 39; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)
How you have been allowed to post this nonsense this long is beyond me..... you are a shock posting troll
60. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
smh no innvation ...if your copy everyone ....they're just copy google again apple go to sleep
69. buccob (Posts: 725; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Holy crap, you sir, are the biggest troll I have ever seen on the internet... how I wish Phonearena disable your account and future ones you would make...
No apple fan, even the blindest one would be such a moron like you are. And even if you were trying to sound funny, by posting "irony" or "sarcasm" it does not suit you...
Keep wasting your money...
18. You.Have.To.Read.This (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)
I really hope American will wake up and say enough is enough.
Punish Apple, stop buying their product until they understand they hurting competition
36. atsamman (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
the only thing left for apple to do is to claim inventing android"lol !!!
and the Judges might even give them a patent
this is becoming to be very annoying
iam really surprised why google didnt sue apple for this
2. lee480 (Posts: 141; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
This is called innovation. Yeah, right.......
53. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1386; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Your life is a joke, man. Seriously. You are the most pathetic troll on this website.
12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3269; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Because it's NOT their idea. I thought Google already had this patent.
16. willard12 (Posts: 375; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
I don't think Mxy actually reads the articles before commenting.
24. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 145; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
I'm pretty sure the old windows mobile phones had this also.
40. protozeloz (Posts: 5188; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Nope, I had devices with 6.x and they had popup
44. Bedz81 (Posts: 39; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)
I remember on my 6.* devices you tapped the top bar and it popped down but not a full drag down. Apple's R & D live in another world.
58. protozeloz (Posts: 5188; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
The only drop down was for multi task amd some settings on some HTC devices
67. Kal-el (Posts: 81; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
...u guys fall this fool who purposely says this just to get u guys going....he probably as an android ...beside i can deal with him... Kltpzyxm!.......Superman out
6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1103; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Apple and their lame excuses again, Google already had the patent for the pull down notification years even before apple
9. willard12 (Posts: 375; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Good artists copy, steal, patent and sue. I thought they said Android was the stolen product. Maybe one day Apple will actually invent something rather than stealing others' creations.....just not today.
11. ama3654 (Posts: 233; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)
OH MY GAWWD APPLE!!! SHAMELESS PATENT TROLLS
13. raghav.ak (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
Now we all know how Apple has two thousand and odd patents.
17. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Wow. Just wow. What kind of sick company is this.
25. homersimpson (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)
Legitimate patents are one way a company can protect itself from other companies that blatently steal Hardware/Software designs and call them their own. However, Apple is trying to patent sometimg that Android has been doing generically for years. Steve Jobs is gone - wise up Tim Cook, and foster an environment of innovation within Apple - not one of constant litigation. Karma (or whatever you want to refer to it as) will come back to bite you (PUN intended)
27. amozhi (Posts: 70; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
WOW!!! What an innovation...Apple is truly innovative in implementing and patenting android features
So...Apple is ready to release iPhone 5S with new state of the art innovation...ifans have to queue up once again...
Important note: it is time to sue android / Samsung / Google to have such features implemented years ahead
31. Savage (Posts: 431; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Pathetic. Shameless Apple as its usual best. They might as well patent Panorama and DND if the USPTO is actually dumb enough to grant this.
Anyone remembers that few months ago, taco50 had commented something like 'It'd be great if Apple patented Notification Center and went after Google' while replying to Sniggly? How accurate he was.
33. Lyngdoh (Posts: 163; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Now a days when I heard the word 'apple' it does'nt remind me of a fruit anymore. It sound more like a patent-hungry company than an OEM.
35. rickywinataa (Posts: 261; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
apple has become too ridiculous, first they patented stylus technology, which was brought back to popular by samsung with Gnote. now they want to patent notification shade which was brought to a popular feature by android. widgets on a notification shade was used by samsung even from Galaxy S
37. rusticguy (Posts: 2699; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
That's their only innovation --- steal | copy | patent (in USA) -- now as they are completely bereft of all originality and ideas. Android is moving too fast for Apple to really catchup. Apple is like Beetle and Harley D ... outdated stuff at premium price and if they don't correct this they will have progressively lower market share because it's very difficult to fol all the people all the time :)
48. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
according to SJ, Apple DID "invent" android, since android is a "direct copy" of iOS..
Its iOS 10 years in the future lol.
63. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4721; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Only 10 years in the future? First, it will take Apple 5 years to acknowledge they need to change iOS because it is the reason they are losing market share. Then, it will take another 5 years to design and code a JB clone. Then, the lawyers will get served a notice of infringement by Google on the eve of releasing iJB. IJB gets released anyway and Google gets a sales ban and iJB never sees the light of day because of all the patents (original patent plus follow-on Continuations) Google has on Android.
Of course, Apple could become an Android licensee, and they could have real Android running on the iToys in maybe 2 years time....
70. therealestmc (Posts: 128; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Do you realize apple can use android if it wants? it does not have to steal anything.
41. protozeloz (Posts: 5188; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
This is epic, I mean can you see the fail so hard? Honestly they have been piling up these kinds of parents here and there, now to get it declined! If I where Google I would be there already asking why my patent has yet to be approved and getting that request invalidated
50. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yea, but we all expect Apple to continue to be the self richeous hippocrit patent troll they have been for years. Next they are gonna try to patent a green robot shaped mascot.. and the USTPO will probably give it to them. lol
42. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
I can't speak for everyone that dislikes Apple, but, stuff like this is why I can't support them. I personally find their products very boring and don't have enough customization for me. But, I can understand why some people love their products. To each his own I guess. They should in no way be awarded a patent for this. I am keeping hope since the patent office invalidated a few of Apple useless patents, they are waking up and this will be rejected.
45. ronjr123 (Posts: 53; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I wish there was a better way of protecting software other than patents. Wouldn't copy writing things be better? Do other software companies patent things or is it just the mobile industry? If so why don't we hear about companies like Norton and McAfee warring it out in court? Both of their anti virus software does the same thing.
I can understand using the patent system for hardware but using it for software just doesnt make sense to me. Anybody known why?