Google filed for patent on Notification Bar in 2009, patent still pending

Google filed for patent on Notification Bar in 2009, patent still pending
Android fans nearly had a cow when Apple introduced a slide-down Notifications Bar in iOS 5.0. After all, Android models have had such a feature dating back to the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. And with Apple litigators quick to defend the Cupertino based firm's patent portfolio, there are some who are questioning why Google doesn't retaliate with what looks like a slam dunk in court.

Google Patents shows a filing that was made by the Mountain View based firm back in January 2009. Application 12/363,325 seeks a trademark for "A computer-implemented user notification method includes displaying, in a status area near a perimeter of a graphical interface, a notification of a recent alert event for a mobile device, receiving a user selection in the status area, and in response to the receipt of the user selection, displaying, in a central zone of the graphical interface, detail regarding a plurality of recent messaging events for the mobile device." All fancy talk describing a Notifications Bar.

So why has Google's attorneys kept their hands in their pockets? Simple. Even though the filing was made in early 2009, the patent is still pending. So there it is. You can be sure that Google has an Army of well-paid lawyers just waiting and waiting and waiting for the day that the USPTO makes the patent official.

source: Google via Phandroid



1. 2pe_2pe

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

i can imagine the guys at Cupertino pissing their pants once this patent's made official. gotta see this one, apple's patent lawsuits backfiring against them. I wonder what nonsense of an excuse would apple make in defense?

6. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

(I am against Apple for this) Apple: In our defence, our notification bar is different to the one on Android. It doesn't allow access to settings. *Apple bribes court* APPLE WINS.

18. 2pe_2pe

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

how different? hell, apple sues every other company that has something similar to iOS even if the similarity is only 1%. Now, they are saying the iOS notification bar is different? its like 99% similar to android! if there is one company that needs to be sued for patent violations, it should be Apple..

21. kryptoner

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

only way in which it is different than android notification bar is that it is ugly!

36. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

It is actually an EXACT copy, and even some of my friends who are Apple fanboys admit that it is a copy

22. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Im sure Apple did the notification bar with such careful design that it won't even show up in the patent. WHO THE HELL HAS GUTS TO SUE APPLE???

30. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

wow, well-said sarcasm there!

39. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Ya know, I was wondering about this when they announced it and then laughed when they did. If they are trying to be so different, why have this feature?

2. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

and as soon as USPTO makes it official, BAM google is gonna nail em.

23. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Breaking News: "The USPTO has Denied Google's Request for the Notification Bar" haha

34. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Says who, I can't find anything about that. Post some proof if you're so sure of it...

35. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

He was just joking......

37. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Ok, it seemed like mockery when I read it.

60. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

@E.N. yes i was...people on this site kill me with taking everything serious haha. I had some angry android fans ready to bite my head off.

3. yingcong6

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Why they keep patenting the idea? That's an idea, you think it first so don't let anyone think it at second to touch it? The final lose is our customers if they keep doing so.

25. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Thing is, this is no longer an idea, this has been on almost all versions of Android. Same as Face Unlock for Android, it has been done, it's no longer just an idea. Now Apple applying for Face Unlock using advanced methods, that's an idea, locking of your iOS device with a stylus using magnets? Another idea. For all we know Apple can't produce all these and so no one can because they are going to own patents to it...

26. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yingcong is correct though in the context that the big losers here are US, the consumers. It would be nice (a fairy tale) to see the OEMs work together to move phone tech forward, and bringing it to new heights.. instead of trying to stifle creation and force each other out of the market. it's not like there's not enough room for both Apple and Google! (and many others)

45. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Apple's not the only one with face unlock... Nokia has had it in beta for a while, and Google showed some prototypes of it at CES 2012 if I remember right

31. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

tell that to apple..


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Wow apple gets slide to unlock even tho they didnt invent it and google is still waiting on this....

55. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

The patent office are all iFans.

5. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Stupid patent so only android can have a notiofication center. If they win a patet case like this apple should sue android for using an application store because they had ine first.

9. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

oh ya, that's the first digital store ever made right..

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

And people see why I hate this crap ? The awesome notification bar in ios could be gone if Google gets this patent. And app stores exited long a ago ,ever heard of vcast? Again they can patent anything can them? And you seriously want them to add more ammo to this ? If every feature goes like that our phones might..........

32. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

why will it be a problem if iOS doesn't have notification bar? it didn't have, it stole it, and now it's a problem if it doesn't have one? it's not like it's that functional either in iOS.. apple on the other hand, has been patenting broad designs, which some doesn't even exists yet.. i believe patent war won't be this bad if apple had not started it.. the rest of the world is just defending.. so, tell that to apple..

20. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Lol please tell me you joking and don't really believe apple invented the app store...also why shouldn't Google sue over notification if granted,apple are suing over slide to unlock which is even less innovative than the notification the double standard with apple fans.

24. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Verizon actually had it first back on its feature phones

28. SleepingOz unregistered

So it's ok only when it's apple who files this kind of patent. GFYM dude!

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

oh i can't wait to see apple being sued over this, haha. those patents suck, but apple more than deserves to get a taste of it's own sh!t

8. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Looks like someone is about to get sued and this time its Apple. Have a taste of your own bitter medicine. Even Symbian Belle has this feature and i wouldn't be surprised if Google plans to sue Nokia.

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