The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-three newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this report we focus on a single patent regarding the iPhone's "Missed Phone Call Management" system while presenting you with an additional sixteen links to other granted patents that you may wish to explore.
Apple Granted Patent for Missed Telephone Call Management for iPhone
Apple has received a Granted Patent that relates to portable electronic devices, and more particularly, to portable devices that are capable of performing multiple communication functions including telephony. The one function that is emphasized in this patent concerns management of missed phone calls. A few of the key points are as follows:
Firstly: A computer-implemented method includes a list of items comprising missed telephone calls being displayed. Upon detecting user selection of an item in the list, contact information is displayed for a respective caller corresponding to the user selected item. The displayed contact information includes a plurality of contact objects that include a first contact object, comprising a telephone number object having a first telephone number associated with the missed telephone call, and a second contact object. Upon detecting user selection of the second contact object, a communication with the respective caller is initiated via a modality corresponding to the second contact object.
Secondly: Upon detecting finger contact with a first portion of a user selected item in the list, a return telephone call is initiated to a return telephone number associated with the user selected item. Upon detecting finger contact with a second portion of the respective item in the list, contact information is displayed for a respective caller associated with the user selected item. The displayed contact information includes a plurality of contact objects that include a first contact object, comprising a telephone number object having the return telephone number, and a second contact object. Upon detecting user selection of the second contact object, a communication is initiated with the respective caller via a modality corresponding to the second contact object.
Thirdly: Missed telephone call information is displayed, including a list of items, wherein at least one of the items corresponds to a plurality of missed telephone calls from a respective caller.
The late Steve Jobs stated during the original iPhone launch that the iPhone was protected by over 200 patents. While the emphasis has been on Apple's multi-touch patents over the years, especially in court, today's patent concerns one of the original iPhone system modules and related user interfaces. We're likely to see a number of other iPhone related system module and UI patents roll out over the coming years.
Apple credits Senior VP of iPhone Software Scott Forstall, Greg Christie, Scott Herz, Imran Chaudhri, Michael Matas, Marcel Van Os and Stephen Lemay as the inventors of this patent which was filed for in Q3 2011 yet originally filed in Q2 2007 under patent number 8,014,760 just as the iPhone was being launched. To review Apple's twenty-two patent claims, see granted patent 8,135,389.
Over and above the specific Apple granted patent outlined above, we present you with links to the majority of the other granted patents published today:
Patent 8,136,040 Audio variance for multiple windows; 8,135,891 Method and system for transferring button status information between a media player and an accessory; 8,135,865 Synchronization and transfer of digital media items; 8,135,769 Synchronization improvements; 8,135,758 Customizable, dynamic and on-demand database-informer for relational databases; 8,135,727 Methods and systems for managing data; 8,135,577 Braille support; 8,135,392 Managing notification service connections and displaying icon badges.
Patent 8,135,344 Method for using Bluetooth module to process non-Bluetooth signals; 8,135,261 Insertion and usage of metadata in digital video; 8,134,874 Dynamic leakage control for memory arrays; 8,134,561 System for optimizing graphics operations; 8,134,389 Programmable frequency divider; 8,134,387 Self-gating synchronizer; 8,134,356 Operating an integrated circuit at a minimum supply voltage; 8,134,336 Method and system for charging a series battery.
For the remainder of today's patents, see our second patent report posted today.
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