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Topic: patents

Apple's safe automotive telematics patent mates touchscreen with tactile controls

07/09/2013, 04:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a touchscreen-based telematics system that incorporates embedded controls, such as knobs, sliders, and switches, with a tactile display to give driver's feedback so they can keep their eyes on the road.

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Apple's Waze-like navigation system creates routes based on user ratings, real-time accident reporting

07/04/2013, 05:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple application for a method of generating car travel routes based on user preference and crowd-sourced real-time traffic data.

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Apple looking into self-adjusting earbud headphones with noise cancellation tech

07/04/2013, 05:07 am

An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday describes a set of earbud type headphones that automatically adjust audio output based on seal quality, with necessary impedance data gathered by built-in microphones or electrical current measurements.

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Boston University patent suit over Apple's iPhone 5 could net $75M

07/03/2013, 10:07 am

Apple's iPhone is at the center of another patent dispute, as the Trustees of Boston University have filed suit against the Cupertino company, alleging that not only the iPhone 5 but also the iPad and MacBook Air infringe on a BU professor's patent.

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Apple's 'smart bezel' hides portions of a device display until needed, acts as secondary input

07/02/2013, 06:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a touch-sensitive bezel that can serve as a secondary mode of input for devices with small screens, as well as change from transparent to opaque upon sensing a user's finger.

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Apple says it may file new patent suit targeting Samsung Galaxy S4

06/27/2013, 09:06 am

A judge this week rejected Apple from adding Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to an existing lawsuit, causing Apple to signal it may file a new suit to target the device.

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Apple invention combines SD card slot and USB input into one port

06/27/2013, 05:06 am

A patent application discovered on Thursday shows Apple is actively looking for more ways to slim down its MacBook lineup, with the invention illustrating a combination SD card slot and USB port.

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Apple patent filing hints at ideal 'iRadio' solution with playlist customization and 'comparing'

06/27/2013, 05:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that envisions an ideal Internet radio system, complete with powerful playlist customization and sharing features which may still make it into a future version of iTunes Radio.

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Samsung in talks to settle EU antitrust case involving Apple & essential patents

06/25/2013, 08:06 am

Facing an antitrust lawsuit from the European Union for allegedly abusing its ownership of standard-essential patents, Samsung has reportedly begun talks with regulators to settle the charges before a trial can begin.

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US Supreme Court sides with Apple, declines to hear appeal on patent case

06/24/2013, 10:06 am

Apple's victory in a high-profile patent infringement case will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to revisit the lawsuit filed by Mirror Worlds LLC.

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Apple's fingerprint sensor encapsulation tech could be headed for future iPhone

06/20/2013, 04:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple filing for a unique encapsulation structure which holds both a fingerprint sensor and its conductive bezel, allowing for a smaller, more protective final component suitable for a mobile device.

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New patent lawsuit targets Apple over iPhone 5's call forwarding feature

06/19/2013, 03:06 pm

Apple is the target of yet another patent lawsuit, as a Texas-based telecommunications firm is suing the iPhone maker over the call forwarding feature built into the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

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Apple patent chief departs amid major ongoing IP lawsuits

06/19/2013, 11:06 am

The intellectual property expert who has served as Apple's head of Patent Licensing & Strategy, and who played a key role in its patent infringement suit against Samsung, has departed the company.

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ITC calls for import ban against Samsung, rejects Google's flip-flop arguments

06/13/2013, 03:06 pm

The US International Trade Commission's Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII) has recommended an import ban against Samsung's Android devices infringing upon four Apple patents, rejecting contradictory, flawed arguments by Google.

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Apple earns 'huge win' against Samsung on rubber banding patent

06/13/2013, 02:06 pm

Key aspects of Apple's so-called "rubber banding" patent related to scrolling in iOS have been validated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, marking a major victory for the company in its ongoing patent dispute against Samsung.

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Apple patents tactile suction-cup buttons for multitouch screens

06/11/2013, 05:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an interesting Apple patent describing a system in which button-like structures can be attached to a multitouch display in order to create a tactile, clickable form of input.

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Apple files patent for digital wallet service that pays users to view advertisements

06/06/2013, 06:06 am

An interesting Apple patent application discovered on Thursday describes a hybrid digital wallet and billing service that issues credits and tokens to users, which can then be exchanged for real world goods or services like a cellular phone bill.

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Apple looks to resolve THX speaker tech patent suit out of court

06/05/2013, 12:06 pm

Lawyers for Apple and THX are currently working to resolve a patent lawsuit between the two companies without the matter having to head to court.

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Apple awarded patent for NFC-based cross-platform data transfer solution

06/04/2013, 05:06 am

The US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a system that utilizes near field communications to activate device-to-device data syncing, much like the so-called "S Beam" feature found on certain Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

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Dutch Supreme Court rules Samsung's Galaxy Tab doesn't infringe on iPad

05/31/2013, 11:05 am

The highest court in the Netherlands handed down a disappointing verdict for Apple on Friday, finding its claims that Samsung had infringed on the design of its iPad to be invalid.

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