Apple files U.S. patent application for iOS ‘Notification Center’

“A filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals that Apple is looking to patent the iOS Notification Center, a feature similar to Google’s Notification Bar which allows mobile device users to keep tabs on a multitude of apps from a central hub,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“As with many other operations level iOS features, Notification Center is the result of an ongoing effort to create a more inviting and intuitive experience for the end user,” Campbell reports. “In this case, however, many believe that Apple cribbed the functionality from Google’s Android OS which implemented a very similar notification system before Notification Center was introduced in iOS 5. The internet search giant actually filed its own patent application for what it calls ‘Notification Bar’ in 2009, some two years prior to Apple’s ‘Notification Center’ filing.”

Campbell reports, “Most recently, Samsung sued Apple in South Korea, alleging the iOS Notification Center infringes on active patents. Not much information has been made available in the reported suit, though the “active patent” is believed to be related to Google’s Notification Bar. ”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application diagrams and illustrations, in the full article here.


  1. WOW. Just look. We used the same name in our patent so it must belong to us… To notify… owned by Google. used by samdung and EVERY patent troll east of the mississippi.

    Yep, used the word so we own anything that uses the same word. Just like Apple “stole” the mouse from PARC.

    Hey, early ranting in the new year. !!!! Do I get first dibs??


    1. You don’t know what you’re talking about. The computer mouse was invented by Diuglas Englebart of the Stanford Research Institution (SRI) in the early to mid 1960s, years befor Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center was founded. Apple licensed the patent of the mouse for its own design and patented its own mouse.

  2. Conundrum….. It is ok for Gaagle to steal & copy others IP, but not ok if others steal & copy Gaagle’s aledged IP? Bribes, hypocrisy, thievery & deceit = Gaagle profits. Eric T. Mole should be jailed. Business ethics……???? We don’t need no business ethics… What a Skull Fuck this country has come to be. The USA … Unjust, Stifling, Abomination of a Country. Crime does pay handsomly. UCLA should start new curriculums on the Top Ten Best Unethical Business Practices That Will Make You Super Rich in 2013. What a Joke this country has become.

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