Apple successfully patents its implementation of folders and icon rearrangement in iOS
The creation of folders in iOS, for example, is an original idea that requires the user to simply take an app icon and drop it over another, creating a folder in the process. This method was later adopted by Google in Android 4 ICS. Icon rearrangement, on the other hand, requires the user to hold their finger over an app icon for a moment, which automatically activates the rearrangement mode, causing all the apps on the home screen to start "jiggling."
It's uncertain whether this patent will help Apple defend its ideas, but still, it's good to know that the patent is held by its rightful owner. Here's the abstract from the patent application:
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
1. boosook (Posts: 933; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
All right, so if these things can be patented, Apple should remove the notification bar. I wonder why the USPTO granted these patents while the notification bar request filed by Google has been held back since 2010.
4. tech2 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Whats even more surprising is the overall tone of this article.
Ray S. is absolutely trying to sell us the fact that Apple rightfully deserve the patent. Pathetic, PA !
8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I don't know if i should be understanding this article the way he wants.
15. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
i think you should calm down and take a seat lol
29. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)
Ray S. Loves apple. When he wrote the sony xperia z vs iphone 5 review, the iphone still wins even tough xperia z is clearly superior.
9. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
Because Apple has bribed almost everyone in US!
rotten Apple = rotten behaviour
30. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
And you by Phone Arena for this comment.
12. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
hmm I smell a law suit. and it smells like an apple.. ;)
18. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Wasn't the notifification bar Nokia's MeeGo platform's idea in the first place?
20. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
Yes...along with no button full gesture control. But a good PR firm can get rid of these facts.
28. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
MeeGo??? But MeeGo was released after android... if you're talking about maemo (n900) the idea was there but the implementation was different.
24. paulislegend (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
Agreed, the notification bar patent was filed on Jan 30, 2009. Why is this taking so long? I'm going to start a petition to get this patent pushed through at we the people!!!
23. illusionmist (Posts: 98; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
What does Windows have to do with this?
27. akki20892 (Posts: 3304; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
5. tech2 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
"I doubt anyone would copy this."
I just did...... XD
14. the_best (Posts: 132; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
we need more funny trolls like you, instead of the usual PA retarded hater trolls!
6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I'm gonna patent "comment post" muhaha :D I'll be rich
7. Adithya7184 (Posts: 309; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
so now its confirmed. Ray.s is an Cr@pple fanboy. every time Cr@pple files for an patent, US Patents Trolls Office grants it, this one is not special.
10. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5214; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I'm gonna patent Ray S.! :P
Nope, just kidding! xD
13. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 594; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Despite the fact that I agree Apple has 'invented' this icon and folder behaviour, I think granting a patent to it and enabling Apple to sue the crap out of others is a bad idea. This procedure is now so commonly used, the patent can't be used to forbid it to be used or sue for billions of dollars. Just make it a frand patent.
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 10504; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
May as well. Everyone else is patenting theirs.
17. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Apple owned The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) every time Apple applied for a patent it is approved and grant even though other company invented.
21. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
I too wonder if key personnel in the USPTO are part of the same revolving door systemic conspiracy that has rendered the SEC, FDA, FCC...and every other regulating body ineffective insofar as public interest is concerned.
19. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Yet if Apple borrows something from Android it's totally fine....such a F
-cked up patent system
25. recond9 (Posts: 49; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)
Ah,the smell of patents war in the morning...Is so refreshing.
26. CreeDiddy (Posts: 227; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
If that's the case, Apple should patent apps and icons on the homescreen. Android took that concept and ran with it. Also Google Play and Google Music is a complete rip off of Itunes and the App Market.
31. phonewarz (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)
Ray? It's good tot know Apple had this patent? If you were truly objective and unbiased you would talk about how this patent system slows down development in the smartphone industry.
By the way: Youtube (dot) com / watch?v=CW0DUg63lqU&feature=youtube_gdata_player
32. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
This call by the patent system is a very bad thing for us consumers. Apple is going to take this to court in a heartbeat, to limit the choice out there. Or make money off of other products. Folders have been apart of Windows os as far as I can remember. Grant it, dragging and drop a file onto each other did not create the folder, but once you did create it, you can drag and drop away. I believe over the year or so, the USPTO has shown us that they have no interest in protecting the American public.
33. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
"The creation of folders in iOS, for example, is an original idea that requires the user to simply take an app icon and drop it over another, creating a folder in the process."
Say what? Hasn't this been done for years now on desktops? Or is the verbiage, "... on a mobile device," included... which 'revolutionizes' the concept?
34. GUIGuy (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
The patent may have bee awarded,but in common with many US patents they obviously didn't do any prior art trawls. This is not innovative at all... just an adaptation of prior 'stacks' designs where grouping are implicitly made by dropping an item near or onto another.
While the patent might intimidate small fish it's about as safe as slide to unlock.