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Patent Issued for Mobile Terminal Device, Storage Medium and Notification Control Method

August 7, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- KYOCERA Corporation (Kyoto, JP) has been issued patent number 8786565, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are Kobayashi, Hiroki (Daito, JP); Tamura, Hiroshi (Daito, JP).

This patent was filed on March 5, 2012 and was published online on July 22, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "A mobile terminal device such as a cellular phone typically has an alarm function. In such a mobile terminal device, an alarm sound is produced at time preset by a user. The user can stop the alarm sound by performing a predetermined stop operation.

"Some of such mobile terminal devices have a touch panel. A touch panel is composed of a display and a touch sensor arranged on a display surface of the display, and any input to the display surface is detected by the touch sensor.

"Thus, if a mobile terminal device includes a touch panel, such a configuration may be adopted that an alarm sound stops when the touch panel is touched while the alarm sound is produced."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Technical Problem

"However, when it is not used, a mobile terminal device is often placed in a bag or pocket and carried. Thus, if a mobile terminal device includes a touch panel, any object in the bag or pocket easily contacts the touch panel while the device is carried.

"As described above, if the configuration that a contact with the touch panel stops the alarm sound is adopted, the alarm sound also stops in the event of any contact with the touch panel which is not intended by the user. Thus, a trouble that the user does not notice any alarm sound tends to occur.

"The present invention has been made in light of such a problem, and an object of the present invention is to provide a mobile terminal device which can prevent a notification action from being inadvertently stopped, a storage medium, and a notification control method.

"Solution to Problem

"A mobile terminal device according to a first embodiment of the present invention includes a display section, a display control section which controls the display section, a receiving section which receives an operation on the display section, a notifying section which performs a notification action, and a notification control section which controls the notification section. Here, the display control section displays on the display section a first object image and a second object image, which are a target of the operation, during the notification action. Then, when the receiving section receives a movement operation to move either of the first object image or the second object image, the notification control section performs a process to stop the notification action or to perform a predetermined action as well as to stop the notification action, depending on the moved object image.

"A second embodiment of the present invention relates to a storage medium which holds a computer program applied to a mobile terminal device. The mobile terminal device including a display section, a receiving section which receives an operation on the display section, and a notifying section which performs a notification action. The computer program provides a computer of the mobile terminal device with capabilities of displaying on the display section a first object image and a second object image, which are a target of the operation, during the notification action, and when the receiving section receives a movement operation to move either of the first object image or the second object image, performing a process to stop the notification action or to perform a predetermined action as well as to stop the notification action, depending on the moved object image.

"A third embodiment of the present invention relates to a notification control method of a mobile terminal device including a display section, a receiving section which receives an operation on the display section, and a notifying section which performs a notification action. The notification control section according to the embodiment includes steps of: displaying on the display section a first object image and a second object image, which are a target of the operation, during the notification action; and when the receiving section receives a movement operation to move either of the first object image or the second object image, stopping the notification action or performing a predetermined action as well as stopping the notification action, depending on the moved object image.

"Advantageous Effects of Invention

"The present invention can prevent a notification action of a mobile terminal device from being inadvertently stopped.

"An advantage or significance of the present invention will become clearer from the description of embodiment, as shown below. However, the following description of embodiment is simply one illustration in embodying the present invention, and the present invention is not limited by what is described in the following description of embodiment."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Kobayashi, Hiroki; Tamura, Hiroshi. Mobile Terminal Device, Storage Medium and Notification Control Method. U.S. Patent Number 8786565, filed March 5, 2012, and published online on July 22, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8786565.PN.&OS=PN/8786565RS=PN/8786565

Keywords for this news article include: KYOCERA Corporation.

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