Apple granted patent for NFC mobile payment system

Apple granted patent for NFC mobile payment system
We know that Apple patents are something of a hot topic these days, and no doubt the comment section here will be filled pretty quickly with people complaining and spitting anger, but that won't change how the USPTO does business. And today, the USPTO granted Apple a patent for an NFC mobile payment system, which Apple had filed for back in 2009. That's Apple's right, and it has taken advantage of it. If you don't like it, complain to the USPTO, don't start flame wars here. 

To be clear, this patent is for the graphical user interface of a mobile payment app. This is not a patent for NFC technology, or mobile payments in general. It is simply a patent for the GUI of a potential app that one day may find its way onto the iPhone. No one is quite sure whether NFC will be found in the next iPhone, but Apple has been working on the app for 3 years now, apparently. According to the abstract, the app will have "credit cards... digitally represented within an electronic wallet or an online payment system. After movement of the graphical elements, the electronic device may transmit a confirmation message to initiate payment with the selected payment instrument."

The patent also shows a few different ways for the user to confirm a payment, including the ever-present swipe gesture, or other options like moving the device itself, or dragging an icon to a confirmation area. 

source: USPTO via AppleInsider



2. Aeires unregistered

Why it just seems like today I read a comment "Apple isn't even trying to compete in the mobile payment business." If it can make money, Apple will patent the $@%& out of it.

3. Hemlocke unregistered

These are multinational corporations, so why wouldn't they? NFC has been around for a while, but nobody has really made a splash with it. Yes, Android includes it on a lot of devices, but this patent does predate the Nexus S. I'm just surprised Nokia doesn't have more patents on NFC.

4. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Nothing like getting patents for things os's are already using. Please phonearena...delete another of my post lol

24. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

you're just another hater who glanced at the article title. if you read the article it says that apple patented the gui of the app their creating for NFC

30. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Features are useless if no one uses them. The way I see it, you need Apple to mainstream a lot of these features. We all know that hardly anyone uses NFC and even less know what is even is. But if the new iPhone has it, expect NFC to be the new standard.

36. willard12 unregistered

Yup. Still waiting for Apple to come around so 4G and LTE technology can finally catch on. MMS was useless until Apple brought it to us 2 years later. Free turn by turn navigation in a phone....pointless until IOS 6 comes out. Pull down notifications....useless until apple copied..i mean innovated it. Screen sizes 4 inches or bigger....nobody wants that until we get our iphone 5. ... And this is why certain people are referred to as "sheep."

44. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

You're mad because people like these things more because they're in a iPhone. It seems that everything is liked more on that same ole dull os huh

45. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

okay, let's not start a flame war here. "you need Apple to mainstream a lot of these features" I didn't say every feature. Obviously if you have faster speeds in your phone, people are going to use them. It's not like you have a choice. Duh! Don't be an idiot. I'm talking about things like NFC, that no one really knows about or thinks they need to use. And this is why certain people are referred to as dumba**. Can't even hold a reasonable conversation without jumping to defend their OS. pathetic. If Apple announces NFC in their future iPhone, you better believe that they'll advertise the hell out of it and it will be adopted used in a lot of stores/places especially with their passbook application. You will actually start seeing both iOS and Android users using NFC. And then Android fanboys like you will come out of their caves and say "Me too! Me too! Hey we had it first! It doesn't matter that almost no one used it or even knew about it, what matters is that we had it first!!" .... so sad You should read comment 37....its exactly what I trying to say.

5. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Michael, Have you written to the patent office? If so, what were your results? Frankly, mine have been met with no response other than similar to this: "Thank you for contacting us. Your information will be forwarded for review". If they care, there's no indication of it or whether they want to change. When an army of Attorneys are involved with patents, I suspect little change. Think of how many lawyers would be out jobs if the USPTO would do their jobs accordingly. John B.

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

No response from the USPTO, but general response from my senators and congressman, and of course there are causes like the EFF to get behind. Anything that can be far more productive than getting into flame wars here.

19. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Thanks for your response Michael. I'm suspecting that the EFF being a special interest group, many will view it as such. They would have some leverage but I question the limitations. Let's hope they have initiated a movement for change. I have, however, made an effort with our local Government office, but my guess is that not enough people are as concerned. Unfortunately, Litigation happens everyday in all industries as they fight for IPs. We never really hear about it. Most write it off as normal business without realizing that there maybe a flaw. Apple vs Samsung was high profile, but that is because of Apple's notoriety. Is it enough to revisit the way the USPTO grants IPs? I have heard that many patents are being evaluated. But as you know, hearsay is never conclusive.

6. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

The app will have "credit cards, digitally represented". Wow that sounds awesome. Ohh wait, my phone already has that!

8. jimjam unregistered

my windows mobile phone had that... now which box in the attic is that in...

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh well. The cat and mouse game of patent lawsuits will undoubtedly continue. Why hasn't Android's notification drawer been approved by the USPTO yet?

14. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Sniggly said: ---" Why hasn't Android's notification drawer been approved by the USPTO yet?"--- My questions are: Did they file for it? If so, is it Patent Pending? Patent pending would prevent litigation due to the feature being reviewed for total grant. I find no other reason why Google would not sue Apple for "Copying" this feature. John B.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, they filed. Yeah, it's still pending.

43. paulislegend

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

17. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

google filed it at 2009 but not yet approved. you may be suprise when apple will be awarded that feature. google-apple has different procedure to pantented something: google design->implemented->file patent and apple design->file patent->implement. don't know which one procedure is better but this is make a dispute. I think apple dare to apply notfication centre in iOS because they already file the patent before google put on Android. may be this feature is one of stolre feature which is SJ said.

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

sounds like the patent office favors APPLE - how could it take 3 years to approve the notification system patent? I will tell you, with one word......APPLE!

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Gotta research prior patents and such. Takes awhile

34. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Nope, Apple was granted a number of touchscreen patents and those were patented back in the 80s and 90s

27. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

And does it affect other OSes with preexisting notification bars with drop down "drawers" a la Symbian/Nokia Belle

31. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

notification bars already implement on palm os called attention indicator. I think google never declared notification loudly, but the fanboys sounds it very loud

42. paulislegend

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

1 million thumbs up to you sir. I have been wondering that since I saw apple's "innovative" new feature show up on their OS. That patent has been waiting for approval since 2006.

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i dont think apple will make a free NFC iPhone since they dont even support Bluetooth sharing..

32. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

But they patent it so they can sue the hell out of everybody

12. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Hey Michael, Is this about a Icon/GUI?. So they are steal the visa/mastercard logo?..hahhahaha

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"I am literally angry with rage!" -P. J. Fry

16. achangavi

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

this has got to be a joke

18. No_Nonsense unregistered

This is ridiculous.

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