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Apple seeks patent for its “Notification Center” in iOS

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Apple seeks patent for its “Notification Center” in iOS
We can hear the giggles from the Android clan already, indeed we can. Apparently, Apple thinks it is on to something special with its application titled, “Systems and Methods for Displaying Notifications Received from Multiple Applications.”

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




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posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:16 35

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Not another patent :(

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:18 2

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3413; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's called innovation.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:23 60

8. hung2900 (Posts: 787; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


It's called stealing others' innovation.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 09:34 2

54. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; 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!!
Sad...

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 09:49

55. pookiewood (Posts: 582; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Hmm maybe not sarcasm.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 13:22 1

65. Cynipap999 (banned) (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Yes but Apple can get away with stealing what they do not innovate.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:25 37

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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:55 23

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.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:07 24

26. FoneAddict (Posts: 201; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


You are called a TROLL.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:33 25

28. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


you sir are a certified troll among other iTrolls

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:39 18

30. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1065; 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!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:42 14

32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5717; 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.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 06:32 11

39. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The best part... Android has "ongoing" notifications that act just like widgets

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:04 1

56. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Yeah, Notification Toggle is a great example.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 06:30 10

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Thank god this troll got banned

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:36

71. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


It did? AWESOME! :)

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 07:06 5

43. Bedz81 (Posts: 49; 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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 08:46

46. Bernoulli (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Not if it involves Apple

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 08:50 2

47. lyndon420 (Posts: 1730; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yup...Google innovation.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:11 2

57. tedkord (Posts: 4625; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, it's called Android's innovation.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 11:16

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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 15:01

69. buccob (Posts: 1393; 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...

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 02:29

77. gabe92 (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


@Mxyptlk its called your an IDIOT.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:22 34

7. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Apple needs to be boycotted.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:37 12

18. You.Have.To.Read.This (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


AGREE!!!
I really hope American will wake up and say enough is enough.
Punish Apple, stop buying their product until they understand they hurting competition

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 05:00 5

36. atsamman (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


omg!!!!

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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:16 14

2. lee480 (Posts: 174; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


This is called innovation. Yeah, right.......

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:18

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3413; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That is innovation.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:39 15

19. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


troll

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 09:31 4

53. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2157; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Your life is a joke, man. Seriously. You are the most pathetic troll on this website.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 19:19

74. ytja12 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


yeah right innovation is STEALING/COPYING

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:18

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3413; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If its your idea why not patent it.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:27 17

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3984; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Because it's NOT their idea. I thought Google already had this patent.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:35 13

16. willard12 (Posts: 764; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I don't think Mxy actually reads the articles before commenting.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:57 2

24. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 158; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I'm pretty sure the old windows mobile phones had this also.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 06:33 6

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Nope, I had devices with 6.x and they had popup

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 07:17 2

44. Bedz81 (Posts: 49; 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.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:19

58. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The only drop down was for multi task amd some settings on some HTC devices

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 14:09

67. Kal-el (Posts: 91; 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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:20 18

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1390; 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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:25 21

9. willard12 (Posts: 764; 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.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:26 12

11. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


OH MY GAWWD APPLE!!! SHAMELESS PATENT TROLLS

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:28 6

13. raghav.ak (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Now we all know how Apple has two thousand and odd patents.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:35 9

17. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Wow. Just wow. What kind of sick company is this.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:04 3

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)

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:08 4

27. amozhi (Posts: 96; 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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:33 7

29. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


and PA is defending apple.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:38 1

72. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


Don't you mean "iPA"?

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:39 4

31. Savage (unregistered)


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.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:46 1

33. Lyngdoh (Posts: 224; 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.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:53 7

35. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; 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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 05:33 1

37. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; 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 :)

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 08:50 1

48. remixfa (Posts: 13903; 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.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 13:07

63. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5717; 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....

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 15:57

70. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Do you realize apple can use android if it wants? it does not have to steal anything.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 06:36 1

41. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; 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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 08:52 1

50. remixfa (Posts: 13903; 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

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 06:42 2

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.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 07:22 1

45. ronjr123 (Posts: 60; 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?

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 08:51

49. kamejoko (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


Oh my god. USPTO eat money from apple

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