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Topic: patents

Apple exploring light field image editing software, patent application shows

04/16/2015, 04:04 am

A patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is continuing to explore light field camera applications, in this case imagining how users would manipulate image data to change focus or depth of field in a photo editing app.

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USPTO invalidates podcasting patent, kneecaps 'patent troll'

04/10/2015, 08:04 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday handed down a final decision invalidating key claims of a so-called "podcasting patent" assigned to Personal Audio, LLC, which was in the midst of leveraging the IP against multiple podcasters.

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Samsung patent review may undermine $533M Smartflash verdict against Apple

04/03/2015, 03:04 pm

Samsung has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to review two Smartflash patents, a move that could potentially absolve Apple of paying $532.9 million in damages following a Smartflash court victory in February.

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Rockstar patent sale could net Apple $392 million in March quarter

03/31/2015, 03:03 pm

The sale of patents owned by the Rockstar Consortium of companies could bring a windfall of $392 million in additional cash to Apple's March quarter, estimates from one analyst predict.

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Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

03/26/2015, 09:03 am

Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits.

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Apple location sharing patent could bring path tracking to Find My Friends

03/24/2015, 05:03 am

Apple's current Find My Friends app lets iPhone and iPad users spot acquaintances on a map, but an invention detailed on Tuesday takes things to a whole new level with path tracking and route following.

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Apple invents 3-sensor iPhone camera with light splitting cube for accurate colors, low-light performance

03/24/2015, 04:03 am

An Apple patent published on Tuesday details a miniaturized iPhone camera system that employs a light-splitting cube to parse incoming rays into three color components, each of which are captured by separate sensors.

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Apple Watch band with modern buckle detailed in newly granted patent

03/17/2015, 06:03 am

With final Apple Watch details fleshed out earlier in March, patents for the device have started to show up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including a design published on Tuesday for what Apple calls the modern buckle band.

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Apple investigating iPhone dock with integrated display, touchpad, sensors, inductive charging, more

03/12/2015, 06:03 am

A patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple's interest in a docking solution for iPhone and iPad that supports multiple accessories and incorporates a display, advanced gesture controls, wireless communications and even inductive charging.

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Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals

03/05/2015, 05:03 am

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple is actively researching ways to make its products resistant to moisture, a feature sometimes attributed to "active" smartphone models marketed by competing smartphone manufacturers.

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Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another patent suit against Apple

02/26/2015, 03:02 pm

Just one day after Smartflash won a $533 million jury decision against Apple, the intellectual property holder filed yet another patent case against the company seeking even more damages for alleged infringement.

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Apple patent outlines mobile app data sharing and collaboration over FaceTime

02/24/2015, 02:02 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a method by which two or more mobile device users can share and interact with app data in real time, including the ability to see each other's screens during a FaceTime call.

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Apple awarded PrimeSense patent for 3D virtual keyboard that would allow typing on air

02/17/2015, 01:02 pm

While the reason behind Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense remains unknown, the Cupertino company was awarded a PrimeSense patent on Tuesday describing 3D camera system allowing for an entirely new type of virtual keyboard.

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Apple wins patent for a head-mounted iPhone virtual reality display

02/17/2015, 09:02 am

In a concept similar to Samsung's Gear VR, Apple has been awarded a patent for a device that would allow an iPhone to serve as the display for a portable virtual reality headset.

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Apple concept would improve iPhone camera quality with use of mirrors

02/12/2015, 09:02 am

In its quest to build smaller phones that still somehow offer better photo taking capabilities, Apple has revealed a new concept that would offer improved optical image stabilization using mirrors.

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Apple shows continued interest in embedding Touch ID fingerprint sensors into touchscreen displays

02/05/2015, 12:02 pm

Future iPhones and iPads could move Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the device's home button to the display itself, allowing a more seamless and potentially dynamic way for a device to securely authenticate a user.

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Apple's 'indoor traffic' concept would estimate wait times at the airport, grocery store, DMV, more

02/05/2015, 09:02 am

Apple's interest in indoor positioning technology could go well beyond just identifying a user's location, by offering estimated wait times at a variety of businesses, allowing iPhone users to adjust their schedules and save time by avoiding high-traffic periods of the day.

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Apple's stylus receiver concept would improve the precision of digital pen-based input

01/29/2015, 10:01 am

As recent rumors have suggested Apple could offer a simple stylus to enhance a larger iPad model, a new patent application shows what kind of improved pen-based input technology the company has been working on behind the scenes.

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Apple develops sensor-laden glass to monitor, analyze device treatment

01/27/2015, 11:01 am

It could soon be more difficult to fool Genius Bar employees into servicing an iPhone or iPad under warranty after it has been carelessly dropped by the user, even without physical damage, as Apple has won a patent for embedding sensors into devices' cover glass to record strain on the part from twists and drops.

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Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories

01/27/2015, 03:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that extends in-game controls beyond the handset's display and onto D-pads or joysticks, saving precious screen real estate in the process.

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