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Apple gets a patent for using apps during calls

Adds another weapon to its armoury
Tue Dec 20 2011, 15:19

FRUIT THEMED Apple has been granted a patent for allowing users to switch to an app while taking a call.

According to CBS News, patent number 8,082,523 called "Portable electronic device with graphical user interface supporting application switching" was granted to Apple today.

It will be another blow to Apple's rivals in the ongoing patent war over mobile technology.

Earlier today, we reported Apple had won something of a victory in its campaign to destroy its Android competition or, in other words, protect its patent portfolio.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) sided with the cappuccino company on a complaint against HTC and ruled that some technology in Android smartphones is covered by an Apple patent. It was only a partial victory, however, as the ITC found that HTC had infringed only one patent put forward by Apple. µ


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