Apple Awarded Patent On In Call App Switching – Multitasking Smartphones Sound Familiar To You?

They’ve done it again. The boys at Apple must have some kind of strange patent voodoo because once again, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded them with another IP to stick inside their portfolio, this time with a patent for a “portable electronic device with graphical user interface supporting application switching.” Sound familiar to you? It should. Somehow Apple received a patent for a multitasking smartphone that allows a user to switch between calls and apps. Yup, they seem to have patented Android. You best believe that with Apple’s small victory over HTC yesterday, their lawyers are already plotting new ways to stick it to Android manufacturers everywhere. What’s next? A patent on green robot mascots? Well, played, Apple. Well played…

[USPTO via Engadget]

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  • AndroidShiz

    So now you can patent things already in use four years after the fact. I’m in the wrong business. Android unfortunately had better become a bit more evil because Apples’ hatred for Android is like that of a famous powerful German from WWII. (Not Voldemort.) Next thing you know they’re going to patent the notification shade and widgets. Our patent system is so broken and obviously broke for cash since they keep taking the patent fees for idiotic crap. Apple must be paying these judges something. Oh well. At least Microsoft and Apple have become friends with their common enemy.

    • slaguru

      Patent law takes years to get passed. It might be possible that Google had filed for this, but Apple beat them to it. 

      Lessons for Google to learn perhaps.

    • hahaANDROIDiscrap

      hows about Google stop copying everyone they they wont get there asses sued

      • Guest

        What did they copy? List of examples… 

        Edit: Actually don’t bother, you’re clearly a Apple troll

      • taz89

        oh yeah apple created the 1st tablet,the 1st touch screen device,the 1st app store,they created the mouse oh yeah no they didnt,apple make great devices but they are not as original as you think,they take other peoples idea and make them more consumer friendly…everyone copies everyone…unless your blind ios 5 is a copied from wp7,android and  bb…stop being a blind fanboy and open your eyes…you like apple no problem but that doesnt mean just cause you think apple is great that everyone else should. choice is good for everyone,we should be happy there is ios,android,wp7,bb,symbian etc because it isnt a 1 size fit all world…and oh yeah just cause they have the patent now does not mean it cant be invalidated later in a court case,if you actually followed apple have had a few patents already invalidated due to prior arts and most likely it will be the same with this as its been possible to do this even before the iphone existed i mean i use to do it on my nokia’s….as i recall apple also won a patent on slide to unlock and eveyone was worried but when they used it against samsung the judge said they have no case…so i wouldnt exactly go get drunk on apple just yet.

      • AndroidShiz

        *sigh* Age old useless comment and response from both, or actually all 3 sides. I’m just glad that Apple, Google, and Microsoft don’t manufacture vehicles. We all know which two would stake claim to inventing the wheel first, and spend billions proving it in court. They’d just stick to the plan of improving it in really tiny little increments to maximize their profits because they know that the masses are sheep and will accept that, and we all know which one would want to improve the wheel in leaps and bounds to make it better for everyone.

  • odinswrath

    I’m starting to think apple is bribing some important people.

    • NemaCystX

      What gave it away? the billions of dollars they have? or that they’re the richest company in the world?

    • bigdav1178

      I started to think this a long, long time ago… they just call them “campaign contributions” today. And to be fair, Apple is hardly alone in doing this.

      Boy am I glad the USSC removed the limit on what companies can contribute, we wouldn’t want them being under represented.

      • Steven Skwarkowski

        The word you are looking for is called Lobbying!

    • DannyB2

      No bribes are needed.

      The US Patent system is broken.  It has been broken for a long time.

      Back in the day (about 20 years ago) when software patents were first on the horizon, some Apple developers were the loudest and most vocal opponents of software patents.

  • Dave Otano

    Apple pisses me off.

  • Justin Quang

    We all should get together and protest against the patent system.
    I am serious. Count me in. Let’s occupy.
    Android, and any other OS, will become extinct if this stupidity kept going.

    • slaguru

      That would be funny… But ultimately futile unless you have a better system to put in its place… which is ????

      • David Landry

        How about a system where there is actually a seconds worth of though about whether the patent is obvious or already in the public domain?

        No system anyone could ever come up with would be effective if those in charge of upholding that system don’t do their job.

        Nothing wrong with the existing system other than the corrupt Aholes that are overseeing it (and Apple’s blatant abuse.)

        • slaguru

          So when Google sue anyone, that’s not abuse ???

          But that does not answer the question, what is the solution to this, a solution that works for all, and is fair for all.

          • Superguy

             How often does Google sue someone vs. how often Apple sues someone?

          • slaguru

            Your point being ???

          • jawman

            To @slaguru:disqus his point is that you have no point. And you don’t. How often does Google go around suing people as opposed to how often Apple does? How often does Google sue people over ridiculous patents? Steve Jobs just hates Android because he is a big baby, so he wants to do anything he can to destroy it.

          • Zomby2D

            And when did Google sue anyone over patents, please tell me?

          • slaguru

            Google don’t. They just lend patents to people to help sue others. They don’t have the guts to do their own legislation in case they are seen as ‘ evil’.

          • Zomby2D

            @slaguru:disqus “Google don’t. They just lend patents to their partner to level the playing field when Apple is trying to run them to the ground with frivolous lawsuits. They have the guts to help manufacturers instead of being evil.” There, I fixed it for you.

      • Gene Simmons

        How about a system where you have to actually have a working model or functioning code to demonstrate the patent you are applying   for. It drives me nuts that you can patent an idea, that you can’t actually create at that time. I think I will go out and apply for a patent on teleportation today. Unless Apple beat me to it.

        • slaguru

          Who is to say that the code works, who is to say that the model works, and that is the final model… If a patent was awarded to a working model, then would it not absolutely define the standard, leaving no room for subjectivity.. If yes, then what is to stop me coding the exact same applications, just using a different color for example and calling it my own ????

          • Gene Simmons

            I think it should not be subjective. You should be able to demonstrate that you can create what you have documented and it should perform what you claim. I think that would eliminate Patent squatters.

          • slaguru

            So every patent would need to be version specific, a patent for example a blue icon, and then the same icon but red, and so on. 

            Yep that would be better.. 

          • Robb Nunya

            Better yet, stop patenting process. Software shouldn’t be patented. It should be protected through copyright. If Amndroid lifts Apple’s code, they should fry. If they arrive at similar process through their own code, they haven’t stolen anything. Otherwise, firestone needs to sue a bunch of people for ripping off their tire concept. 

    • Danny Sherrard

      only morons “occupy” and only morons use the word “occupy”

      • ionekoa

        you just used it twice…. oh the vengeful hand of irony. 

      • Hasan M

        Ok moron.

  • Raunaq Kumaran

    Can google patent the notification bar and sue apple now?

    • bigdav1178

      Apple’s probably already started trying to patent it themselves.

      • AGx

        If they do and win it, I dont care if it gets thrown out later, I will stop what I’m doing and begin working toward becoming a politician because this shit needs to stop.

        • moises1204

          HAHAHA, and what do you think a politician is? those are the ones apple are using to get their dirty laundry done.

          • TotempaaltJ

            I highly doubt you’d be the one getting Apple’s dirty laundry one done if the only reason you’re getting into politics is Apple.

            How do you think money works? It doesn’t – even though it seems like it some times – have Jedi-mindtrick capabilities.

  • Mick Farrar

    If the iPhone could multi-task this may be useful to Apple!!

    • Zomby2D

      I think we can assume by this filing that next year’s iPhone 4GS will finally catch up to what others have been doing for years now.

  • JasonWhite

    In related/unrelated news: I am attempting to patent the act of getting up heroically from your desk by way of shoving backwards off of said desk with a 180 degree spin and some manly grunts while seated in a chair with wheels… and perhaps some muscle flexes. 

    So you suckers better get ready to dish out some royalties! 

    … or maybe I’m the only one who does that???

    • FreakFly

      I’m going to patent  “The act of intaking air through the nose or mouth for the purpose of supporting one’s life”

      I’m going to be fucking rich!!!!!!!!

    • Alexander Ramirez

      It’s cool, man. I already found a workaround. Instead of a manly grunt, I’ll do a manly moan. 

  • Dan Ehresman

    This will get thrown out in court. Android can prove they have used that method WAY before Apple filed a patient for it. A first year law student could get it thrown out. 

    • Aslan N.L. Bollin

      you could do it on oldschool smartphones that predate the iPhone itself let alone the patent. Our patent system truly is fucking retarded

      • FreakFly

        I was application switching on BlackBerry’s in 2004!

        • Alexander Ramirez

          I was doing this also in 2004 with a WinMo phone. In the middle of a call I would be doing other stuff or looking up something on my phone. It always bewildered me when the all mighty Apple phone came out and I heard people say: I have to hang up before I can do X thing. 

    • AGWednesday

      Not if the U.S. changes to the first-to-file system.

      • DannyB2

        You’re already behind the times.

        The US already has recently changed to a first to file system.

  • Dino Johari

    Another one with no brain. Just dumb as shit

  • GlennStile

    As Dan Ehresman said , this wouldn’t stand up in court, so will probably never be used.  Really all the Americans out there should be up in arms about the USPO since it is their fault all these irrelevant patents are getting awarded.

    • slaguru

      Its not really the point that this needs to stand in an American court. Apple will sue worldwide, and a registered patent is a powerful weapon.

  • Jake Toth

    Is there nothing we can do ?!

    Like start a petition so the patent offices wake up or something ?!
    That is actually sickening.
    What a terrible company.

  • babadush

    Apple doesn’t even know what multitasking is

    • DannyB2

      When Android had multitasking, and iPhone did not, Steve Jobs said on stage that people don’t want multitasking.

  • Martin Rix

    Wait… didn’t Android have that YEARS before the iPhone did? I vividly remember it being a big feature that Android had that iPhone didn’t.

    • Aslan N.L. Bollin

      multitasking on smartphones predate android and ios…. our patent office is retarded

      • slaguru

        maybe, but its not upto the patent office to look for things to patent its upto the company that wants a patent to step forward.

        • TotempaaltJ

          What? That makes no sense. Apple says “hey we want to patent multitasking,” but then it’s up to the patent office to see if it hasn’t already been made. You have to actually make something (and think of it yourself) before you can patent it.

  • Darkbotic

    BEFORE? They should have patented this, the notification bar and a lot
    of other things that are unique to Android. That’s why Google is such a
    fail. And this will cost them money and Android functionality.

    • slaguru

      Because Android was not Google’s property at the time this tech was being developed. The original development company should have done that. 

      Also original Android was not multitasking, it was program parking, again the time to patent was when this tech was introduced.

      • David Landry

        Android is open source, so technically anything that Google developed, including the ability to multi-task and use an App in a phone call, is in the “public domain” … Apple is stealing, one again, from the public domain and then claiming the people they stole from are the thieves. 

        Apple is such a dishonest and corrupt corporation, how people can stand buying their ill-gotten products is beyond comprehension. 

        • slaguru

          Can you give me the facts about Apple’s corruption ???, I would like to make a block busting documentary about that… until then I will make do with how Apple is stealing anything, if its not be patented ???..

          Blind hate is just … stupid. Back up talk with FACT.

          • Paul Vulf

            I’m pretty sure he gave you some facts. Just because no one patented it doesn’t mean you invented it. Apple stole many ideas and claimed it as their own. This is just the tip of the iceberg. What about the Android Notification shade. That was added to iOS5. Folders, another thing Apple implemented that Android had before. It would be okay if they used these things without claiming that they are their own and if they weren’t constantly suing opposing companies. iOS doesn’t have true multi-tasking, so please explain to me why they are patenting it. They are patenting things on Android phones because they are on Android phones. They didn’t invent multi-tasking. They are just preventing Android from using it because Steve Jobs hated Android.

          • slaguru

            Ok, same question, where are the facts about stealing, and where can we get a court case started ???.

            As for multitasking, ok, where does this patent state anything about multitasking ???, its app switching that is not true multitasking as everyone here likes to point out …

            It even says SWITCH APP as a clue. 

            As for Steve Jobs hating other peoples technology, well he would be in good company here …

        • Darkbotic

          So, that means that Google can’t patent anything because Android is open-source?

      • Darkbotic

        But I suppose that now that they own Android, they can patent it, right?

        • slaguru

          No, because Google need to keep it open source. They can only use existing patents by giving them to companies being sued by Apple or MS , like the patents they have let HTC use. 

          If it was not open source then they would lose the advantage of polluting millions of phones with their advertising (they are a marketing company not a tech company after all). You see if people had to pay for Android, then they would object to getting ad centric software (which Android is) .

          • coppertop24

            Am I missing somethign here or isn’t iads apples way of pushing advertising also? In fact’ my wife is on the ipad right now and I had her turn the screen around and guess what was occupying the entire top ot the screen…gasp…ads! Oh high and mighty apple would never push ads! Shame on google!

          • slaguru

            Ads do not pay for iPads. At least Apple and MS are technology companies not just a big ad company.

          • Sil3ntKi11

            Seriously? Please tell me where all of the Google advertising is. The only thing I can think of that has ads is the in-app ads that developers CHOOSE to put there to make money for THEMSELVES.

            If you are referring to the fact that Google’s name is on everything, well, no kidding. They own Android. They provide services that are a part of their own site but do not require you to use any of them if you don’t want to. Besides creating a Google account for Market purposes, everything else on Android can be strictly third party…

            Please show me the ad-centric software… please do.

          • slaguru

            So a company that puts ad-works into its SDK is not ad centric. Wow, keep taking the Google pills.

            How do you think Google makes money.

    • Brandon Pomeroy

      The first phone I ever had could do this (C2005), why would google even consider patenting in-call multitasking 6 years later… there is so much prior art it’s ridiculous.

      • dephyre

        Ha! Excatly the comment I was going to make, I think even the ‘Handspring’ line did this.

    • moises1204

      Well said, Google people are all idiots, how is it they haven’t sue apple for using the notification bar? if apple turn around and they will and sues Google for using the notification bar then Google desrve it.

      • TotempaaltJ

        Because – and I’m implying you’re an idiot here – Google doesn’t want to. Google is, as DannyB2 said, innovating, not sueing people just because they hate them. Steve Jobs has been quoted saying that he’ll do everything to bring Android down, just because he doesn’t like it. He said that Google was just faking him. Now, please note the notification bar: Android started with it, Apple brought out in iOS 5; multitasking: available long before either Android or iOS, and even then Android had it way earlier; the *list* of *apps*: seen that before… There is nothing new about iOS except for the design and usability. Apple isn’t innovating, Android and its community are. Apple’s stealing ideas and then patenting them.

        You are an idiot. Have I said that already? Yes. And I’ll say it again. You’re an idiot.

        • moises1204

          oh thanks, i didn’t get it the first time, but the second time did it for me thanks again, i didn’t realize that you work for Google, hahahaha.

    • DannyB2

      BECAUSE GOOGLE IS BUSY INNOVATING.  That’s why.  Sorry to shout.

  • Scott

    This is bulls#%@! Google needs to step up their game.

  • ScottyByrd

    We have a decent phone. Why do you think CRapple is running scared! Sue everyone (cause I cant compete), Sue everyone (cause we steal their ideas and make BS pattents) lol.

    • Michael Sokalski

      Dude, why are you replying to the troll??

      • ScottyByrd

        Too true. Guess I just woke up grumpy and not thinking this morning lol. Lack of sleep.

        • Michael Sokalski

          It happens to the best of us :)

  • ScottyByrd

    Im surprised you can patent such generic thoughts. Thats not even a function or item its a thought. Hey I wanna patent anything that can do BLAH and they are just giving it out. Didnt I read somewhere once if its any everyday kinda thing its a no go?

  • Caleb Lewis

    I could switch to apps when in a call on my Sprint Blackberry 8330. This was made before the iPhone was. Therefore, I call shenanigans. 

    • David Landry

      I could answer a phone call while on the internet using my 14.4K modem back in the early 90’s … Apple’s business model is to steal ideas from the public domain, confuse the legal system, and then sue over them.

      • Jason Esterline

        That is why Apple can SUCK IT — I don’t buy their products.

  • Mental_Moose

    That’s it. I filing for a patent on apples.

  • hahaANDROIDiscrap

    Its simple dont mess with the worlds most valuable Tech company

    • Guest

      Calm down troll

      • The_ATL_Guy

        Are you 2?
        Can’t handle a different opinion other than your Google KoolAid induced one?

  • Jeff432

    We seriously need a patent reform. 

  • ScottyByrd

    You mean like how apple copied drop down notifications? Or how about all the other companies apple ripped off? Nokia among others. I also believe apple just lost in Germany over the radios in every Iphone/Ipad device.

    • Michael Sokalski

      Dude, why are you still replying to the troll??

  • hahaANDROIDiscrap

    Google is at it again with the copying 

    • Guest

      Apple is at it again

      Yea, apple copies too, shocker.

      • The_ATL_Guy

        Name the Google patent Apple copied

  • the_suffering

    pretty sure competitors would have to copy their process and ui exactly to be found infringing.  sensationalist post.  they werent granted a all powerful patent on multitasking like you seem to suggest here

  • hahaANDROIDiscrap

    look on BBC tech news Google have been accused of copying Microsoft. No surprise there

  • sirwilliam4

    Has anyone considered that maybe Apple wouldn’t be able to patent things if google did? Why don’t they protect their stuff? You have to admit that it is a smart move by appple.

    • The_ATL_Guy

      Don’t try and inject reality to the android fanboy world.
      In their land of unicorns and LSD filled lollipops Google can do no wrong.

    • Zomby2D

      Because, unlike Apple, Google isn’t run by rampant idiots who’d like to spend their time patenting stuff that others have been doing for years before they did.  Only the fuckheads at Apple do such idiocy.

      • slaguru

        Or they might just be sitting around making killer products like Google Buzz. Maybe they should have patented that crap.

  • _ThaNerd_

    This is toooooooooo funny and proof that Apple is running out of cheap magic tricks, Eventually they’ll have to sue bankruptcy.

    • Nathan Cowen

      Not trying to be a pot stirrer, but Apple has over 80 Billion in Cash, that’s more than the US government.

      Don’t get me wrong.. I disagree with these stupid patents and any company that is doing it.

  • Guest

    And I believe your Apple phone is crap and wouldn’t exist without a whole slew of PDA’s that existed long before the iPhone, but you’re just a troll so your opinions mean very little

  • SSaxman

    I’m going to patent the letter “i” and then sue the pants off of Crapple.Given some of the patents granted by the USPTO, I don’t think this will be a problem.

  • johnny989

    I’m tired of this pissing contest that Apple started

    • The_ATL_Guy

      WOW Apple started the patent process?

      • DannyB2

        Apple started abusing the broken patent system in a large scale way.

  • bakdroid

    I can’t wait for the Jobs comet to go by and the Apple Cult to off themselves… 

  • The_ATL_Guy

    the nice thing about apple winning is the cries of the whiny bitch google fanboy

    • DannyB2

      I take a longer term view.  This will not end up well for Apple.

    • coppertop24

      Oh shit! I thought this was an android website! Nice of the apple gang to come in and show their true age…

      • The_ATL_Guy

        nice try but I have 3 android phones on my account plus my company uses google app.
        I know it’s shocking but you can own a product and still be critical of the product you own.
        you should try thinking for yourself 1 of these days. I know that’s not popular with you extreme android whiny bitch fanboys

        • coppertop24

          Oh, my apologies good sir, I didn’t realize I was whining, or bitchy. The google mothership didn’t inform me as such. Its nice that mom and dad let you play on the computer. Its nice to try to play grown-up on the internet isn’t it. I can make up stuff too, like I have 12 iphones and ipads and a multibillion dollar company that uses iphones exclusively. But when it comes down to reality, I only have a hand full of android phones around the house, a couple of tablets, and yes, an ipad.I am critical of the stuff I own. That’s why I own android phones. I’m happy with them, but there are things that can be improved. But, I don’t hop in comments in an article and start calling everyone whiny bitches. I’m an adult and can have a civil conversation. I would say that maybe some day you will catch on to the concept, but juding from most of your comments, I think I would be wrong. Enjoy your christmas!

  • Gilbert Aispuro

    Since Android is open source, there are no patents, right? So that means Apple can keep this up with everything Android.  SAD

    • DannyB2

      What does open source have to do with patents?

      Open source is a set of Licenses used by Copyright owners to enable people to freely run, copy, modify and distribute their source code.

      If Jane has a patent on drawing rectangles on the screen, then both closed source and open source software could infringe upon that patent.  Whether an infringing software is licensed under an open source license is irrelevant to whether it infringes upon Jane’s patented invention of drawing rectangles on screen.

    • TotempaaltJ

      It would, if Apple would have invented this. They haven’t.

  • Jorge Munoz

    I rarely ever come on here and even less comment but I swear The_ATL_Guy is the biggest troll I’ve ever seen, one minute hes on Androids side the next on Apples side, why is he even on here….

  • GoAndroidForever

    Fake multi-tasking.  Haha. Idiot rotten apple.

  • Guest

    Just like most of their other patents this will get thrown out too. Big yaaaaawn!

  • Alex Hartman

    Two words, Prior Art. IBM had a “portable” computer in the mid-80’s (briefcase anyone?) that supported PC-GEOS, a graphical user interface, that allowed application switching. The USPTO is just retarded to think that “this hasn’t been done before now”.

  • Aaron Sua

    Having read through the more detailed description of the patent this does not threaten Android.  It specifically calls for changing the UI of the application switched to from the phone call to include an icon to switch back to the call.  Also, in typical Apple fashion, it features things like automatically forcing people over to speakerphone mode when multi-tasking.  The patent was also applied for in January of 2008, and it may yet be possible to prove prior art with Android or other systems should this come into court and start to lean in Apple’s favor.  Overall, I wouldn’t stress about it.

  • newdiedewdie

    USPTO needs to be investigated by the Justice department.  I’m not joking.   There have been bribes in the past from companies to organizations such as this.  Apple has billions so paying off a researcher or two at the USPTO in order to get a patent for obvious phone and tablet features isn’t out of their modus operandi.   I can pretty much bet something is going on there, if at a minimum bias by the USPTO towards Apple.

  • WhoaManWtF

    You have to admit, is obvious android is winning. 700 k a day, plus the militant idrones come to our news sites…. Theirs must be really boring…

  • Alamudi Ab

    google, please sue ITC for this

  • Jason Hight

    Ok, time to trash the whole IP patent system and start fresh.  This time in a non-stupid way.

  • Tommy Finn

     I swear it’s things like this that make me think the government wants monopolies and they are just blowing smoke up our asses with their anti-monopoly laws. 

  • jawman

    This my friends is how we, the consumers lose. Vote with your wallet, boycott Apple, or contact your public officials to voice your concern. This is downright ridiculous, and those who awarded the patent should be fired.

    • stereomax

      Sorry but your comment is completely backwards. 

      This is how consumers win by forcing innovation.  It’s the reason that the patent system was developed. 

      • jawman

        Do your live under a rock? Yes, patenting your achievements promotes innovation from competitors, but those days are long gone. It’s now so backwards and broken by allowing ridiculous patents that should never be awarded and end up actually hurting and impending innovation. You must own Apple stock or are a confused and delirious fanboy.

        • stereomax

          So your suggestions are:

          1. Boycott Apple.
          You want people to walk around in front of the Apple store with signs and megaphones proclaiming that Patent 8082523 is invalid? 

          2. Contact your local public official. 
          Do you really think that they even know anything about this patent? 

          3. Fire the people that awarded the patent. 
          Why? Where did they make an error?

          The patent was scrutinized for nearly 4 years, has dozens of other patents cited and includes references to all the older app switching technology. 

          • jawman

            1. Boycotting isn’t the same thing as protesting retard. It is simply refusing to purchase a product, essentially voting with your wallet. 2. They probably *don’t* know anything about this patent, that’s exactly why they should be contacted to be made aware of our flawed patent system, and our disappointment as a consumer. Out officials are there to represent us, the people, the consumers. It’s their job. If we choose not to voice our concerns, what good does that do?
            3. That wasn’t meant to be taken 100% literally, but they definitely should be subject to be review, much like referees are subject to review when they make a poor decision. Deciding a ruling on patents is a big deal, and is not to be taken lightly, especially when it may hurt the consumer. It’s called accountability.

            Is that too difficult to understand?

        • stereomax

          Come on.. I am confused? Look at your suggestions:

          Boycott Apple
          How do you suggest this be accomplished? Get a megaphone and picket sign then stand in front of the Apple store proclaiming “patent 8082523 is invalid!! Stop buying Apple products!!”

          Complain to your local public official
          “Dear Congressman. This is my official protest to Apple receiving patent number 8082523. Even though they filled the paperwork and went through 4 years of working with the USPTO to get this application approved you need to do everything in your power to invalidate it. Wile your at it please fire the patent examiners that approved it”  

          • jawman

            Boycotting is not the same as protesting. How many times do I have to say that until you get it? I don’t need to protest in front of an Apple store to make a difference. And not everyone will boycott and it won’t make a huge difference overnight. It’s like recycling: I just do it. I don’t protest in favor of it though. More importantly, when one person does it, there isn’t much of a positive effect attributed from that one person alone. But if a great number of people do it, the tiny effects become multiplied on a massive scale and amount to a large and significant change. The same goes for charity donations. Do you donate to any charities? Does your donation support the entire charity? Of course not, it relies on the unification of many donations across the scale. Same goes for the congressional approach. What if one quarter of all the people who loved Android did this? What if it was just one tenth!? Think about businesses that profit from and conduct part of their commerce due to some sort of relationship with Android? If enough people, business, organizations, etc. voice their concern, it gets the attention it needs. Just look at Carrier IQ.

            You finished now? Or do I have to take you back to school for another round?

          • stereomax

            You crack me up. 

            Do you realize that boycotting is a form of protesting? Maybe you should look it up. Type the word boycott into google and click on the first response. You can see all the protesters with their picket signs in the pictures. 

            But that’s really not what this is all about its it? 

            Maybe you can school me on this:

            Explain what Apple did wrong by filing for a patent on their IP that would be so bad that you need to boycott?

            When Google files for patents on Android to protect it’s IP is that OK?  

            What part of the patent process failed that should require someone in the USPTO be fired for issuing a patent to Apple? 

            How do you propose a company should protect it’s IP? 

            If a group of businesses profit from a relationship with an infringing Android do you think that they should be allowed to get away with it just because they make money off it?  

            By the way.. Do you really LOVE an operating system for your phone?

          • jawman

            I’m saying that I’m not going to buy their products…you keep talking about standing outside and protesting. Third time’s a charm I guess: That is NOT boycotting – it’s physical public protesting, which, while sometimes may be done in conjunction with boycotting, but is still not the same thing so stop putting words into my mouth. <- Was that so hard? As I said before, I don't have to protest, as simply refusing to give them my money (boycotting, remember) is easier for most people who don't have time to stand around with picket signs all day. I guess the recycling example I gave you went over your head. Yes, companies should be able to protect their IP, that's why the patent system was created, buy you're still failing to realize that we are beyond that now and those days are long gone. The current patent system is flawed and broken, companies are granted ridiculous patent rights for a simple and generic technology process that should have never been awarded to them. Then they use that incongruous patent ruling that should have never been awarded in the first place to maliciously destroy competition, ultimately hurting the consumer. And how unfitting of you to bring up Google. Do you see Google running around suing people like crazy like Apple is doing? Leave your flagrant fanboyism at the door next time. I'm done with you, you clearly just do not understand, I'm not going to continue to waste my time replying to some dumb dumb on the internet. This has become like trying to explain binary fission to a 3 year old. Agree to disagree. Have a Merry Christmas.

          • stereomax

            Interesting how all your comments totally ignore the actual issue your protesting. You don’t like the system yet you don’t have a better soluition and you can’t seem to muster up anything but insults and crap. I guess that your LOVE for an operating system blind you.

  • Roger Brooks

    I read it to a be dealing with switching from a phone call to an app without losing the phone call. Am I missing something here? This was filed back in 2006. How many touch screen phones could switch from a call to an app back then? How many touch screen phones that could run apps existed then? Please do enlighten.

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  • Tarek Shawky Badawy

    So what the US PTO is saying is that all other mobile OS must run only 1 application at a time or they are infringing on apple’s ios??? Do they realize that almost every modern electronic device multi tasks and has been long before the iphone???
    Once again I think we all realize the US patent system is broken

  • Bob

    @hahaANDROIDiscrap – hey ahole the word is LOSER not LOOSER which means less tight. What a loser you are or is that the crappy auto-correct on your iFruit.

  • Zenstrive

    USPTO needs to down in flames fueled by their own blood.

  • stereomax

    The reason that Apple is ahead in the IP game is because they file for a stack of patents every week.

    “HTC has had comparatively few patent filings leading up to the introduction of the original iPhone in June 2007. Specifically, HTC filed zero patents with the US Patent office between 2004 and 2007 while Apple filed 507 and Google filed 67 over the same period.”

    When it comes to patents Apple is just way ahead of everyone else. They had 200+ filings at the time of the iPhone’s release related to it. Many of them were prepared and filed on the day of release. It takes years to get through the system.

  • Jason Esterline

    I still don’t see how you can patent something that isn’t “first use”.  Clearly this technology was around before Apple decided to start the patent process.  

    Apple makes great consumer-friendly products — but I dislike them as a company for this type of crap.  They are running around the world suing Samsung because the Galaxy is a true competitor… ridiculous.  

    How about giving the consumer what they want — CHOICES.  Instead of stifling competition why not beat them fair and square?