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Topic: patents

Apple's smart to-do list uses context to create and trigger tasks

12/06/2012, 06:12 am

An Apple patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals an intelligent task management system that uses context clues like location, time and natural language processing in the cloud to create and organize "smart" to-do lists.

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Redacted version of Apple-HTC settlement reveals licensed patents, little else

12/06/2012, 01:12 am

A heavily redacted version of Apple's patent licensing agreement with HTC, made public on Wednesday as part of the Apple v. Samsung jury trial, reveals a bit more information about the properties covered as part of the ten-year deal.

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FTC: Motorola bid for Apple product injunction 'inappropriate'

12/05/2012, 07:12 pm

In an amicus curiae brief filed on Wednesday in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission offered its take on the proper use of so-called standard-essential patents (SEPs) in litigation, saying that a previous district court decision to deny a Motorola injunction of certain Apple products was correct.

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Apple wins patents for iPhone & iPad designs by Steve Jobs & Jony Ive

12/04/2012, 12:12 pm

Apple on Tuesday secured ownership of a number of key design-related patents covering the iPhone 4, credited in part to Steve Jobs, as well as the L-shaped MagSafe charging connector, and the iPad with Smart Cover.

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Patents in Apple-HTC settlement must remain unsealed, judge says

12/03/2012, 09:12 pm

In a late Monday ruling, Apple v. Samsung Judge Lucy Koh said that the patents Apple and HTC are cross-licensing as part of a ten-year deal will not remain sealed, indicating that the public will be privy to the sensitive information.

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ITC staff agrees with judge's finding of Samsung infringement of Apple patents

11/29/2012, 06:11 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission's Office of Unfair Import Investigation, otherwise known as "ITC staff," issued a filing in support of a preliminary finding from an administrative law judge that held Samsung in violation of four Apple patents.

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Apple investigating 'realistic' wireless charging technology

11/29/2012, 09:11 am

A new patent application reveals Apple's interest in a "realistic and practical approach" to wireless power, providing over-the-air electricity to low-power devices within a distance of one meter.

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Apple wins ban on Samsung Galaxy devices in Netherlands

11/28/2012, 10:11 am

Sales of some of Samsung's Galaxy-branded products have been banned by a court in the Netherlands for infringing on patents owned by Apple.

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Apple and LG accused of infringing Alcatel-Lucent patents in U.S. trial

11/27/2012, 07:11 am

A California court trial involving patent infringement allegations against co-defendants Apple and LG Electronics began on Tuesday, with Alcatel-Lucent's Multimedia Patent Trust asserting the two electronics makers violated video compression technology used in a number of devices.

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Apple wins patent rights to OS X 'widgets' and dashboard

11/27/2012, 06:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for the so-called "widgets" dashboard, which holds a number of mini applications built on web languages CSS, HTML and JavaScript, first seen in OS X 10.4 Tiger in 2005.

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Apple patents Siri microphone icon

11/27/2012, 05:11 am

After over a year of examination, Apple was awarded the design rights for Siri's microphone icon seen by iPhone and iPad users since the virtual assistant was first introduced in 2011.

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Apple adds six Samsung products to Galaxy Nexus dispute

11/24/2012, 07:11 pm

In a court filing on Friday, Apple asked a federal judge to add six Samsung products, including the Galaxy S III running Android 4.1, to an upcoming infringement lawsuit, with each party asserting a number of utility patents against the other.

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Samsung looks to add 4th-gen iPad, iPad mini to upcoming patent infringement suit

11/21/2012, 09:11 pm

Samsung on Wednesday filed a motion to include Apple's fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini in its running list of iOS devices that allegedly infringe on certain wireless patents, tacking on even more product claims to be heard in an upcoming patent lawsuit.

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Judge orders Apple to disclose details of HTC licensing deal

11/21/2012, 07:11 pm

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Apple must show Samsung the details of its agreement with HTC, which recently brought an end to ongoing litigation by striking a ten-year patent cross-licensing deal.

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Apple-HTC licensing deal to auto-terminate if any party is bought out

11/21/2012, 07:11 pm

A heavily redacted public version of the Apple and HTC licensing agreement was discovered on Wednesday, offering a few shreds of information regarding the ten-year deal including a "change of control" clause that automatically terminates the agreement if one of the parties is bought out.

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Apple's journaling system for iOS makes geotagging a system-wide feature

11/20/2012, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for an advanced journaling system that timestamps and geotags any iOS device event, such as a phone call, an app download, the playing of a song, and more.

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HTC head denies rumored details of Apple licensing deal

11/20/2012, 04:11 am

In a statement to reporters on Tuesday, HTC CEO Peter Chou denied analysts' guesses as to the details surrounding the Taiwanese company's ten-year licensing deal with Apple, calling the widely-cited estimates "baseless."

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ITC to review decision that cleared Apple of infringing Samsung patents

11/19/2012, 05:11 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Monday that it will revisit a September decision which found Apple's products to not violate certain Samsung patents, with a final judgment that could lead to an injunction against the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Samsung looks to HTC agreement to undermine Apple's litigation tactics

11/16/2012, 04:11 pm

In a court filing on Friday, Samsung entered a proposed motion to compel Apple to reveal the undisclosed particulars of its recent ten-year licensing deal with HTC, a move that could sway the court's decision in handing down a sales ban against Samsung's products.

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Apple-Motorola patent dispute may be settled through arbitration

11/16/2012, 03:11 pm

Apple and Google subsidiary Motorola are said to be considering arbitration in an attempt to settle their ongoing patent infringement litigation.

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