Apple Patent Application: On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published information revealing Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s intentions to patent its iOS Notification Center.
Before we go into greater detail, you may want to visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office page to learn more about this patent: Systems and Methods for Displaying Notifications Received from Multiple Applications.
Below is a solid overview from AppleInsider that explains the inner workings of the iOS Notification Center, as well as an issue the company may face moving forward:
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. 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.
Could this lead to legal issues with the search giant? As AppleInsider goes on to explain, Samsung has already sued Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in South Korea for “alleging the iOS Notification Center infringes on active patents.”
Here is more information from the patent, more specifically the Description portion: