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Topic: patents

Apple's home automation tech taps iPhone, Mac hardware for intelligent user tracking

11/05/2013, 04:11 am

In an interesting and somewhat exhaustive patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company outlines technology that can adaptively track a user's location and use the data to intelligently control secondary devices at another locale, such as home appliances.


Apple investigating built-in solar power converters for iPhone, MacBook

10/31/2013, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a unique solar-ready power management system that can be integrated into the company's portable product lineup, negating the need for bulky external converters.


Apple invention controls content access based on a person's physical features

10/24/2013, 06:10 am

An Apple invention filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes a system that can automatically perform media playback operations based on a human's features, like stopping an adult movie when a child enters the room.


Apple patent filing hints at future iBooks gifting options

10/24/2013, 05:10 am

While Apple and book publishers have yet to come to an agreement on gifting e-books, the company is making active preparations for a possible rollout with a unique gifting method that allows users to buy and personalize items in-app.


Apple's multitouch 'Steve Jobs patent' revalidated in full by USPTO

10/17/2013, 06:10 pm

Some nine months after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a tentative first Office action invalidating an Apple multitouch patent credited in part to cofounder Steve Jobs, the body has reversed its initial determination to confirm all claims as patentable.


Samsung raises white flag in standard-essential patent clash in Europe

10/17/2013, 11:10 am

Seeking a détente in the ongoing antitrust case brought against it by the European Union, Samsung has offered to put a halt to lawsuits over standard-essential patents for a period of five years.


Apple files appeal to broaden ITC import ban against Samsung

10/15/2013, 09:10 pm

In a court filing made last week, it was revealed that Apple has officially lodged an appeal of unfavorable decisions made by the U.S. International Trade Commission in its decision to levy an import ban against certain Samsung products.


Apple's Cover Flow-like 3D desktop UI uses tilt controls to peek around windows

10/15/2013, 06:10 am

Apple is looking into a new desktop user interface that puts two- and three-dimensional application windows in a unique browsable "parade" view, much like the company's Cover Flow GUI used in iTunes and iOS apps.


iPhone IP Wars: Apple & the thorny issues of patent protection

10/12/2013, 05:10 pm

In 2007 Apple introduced iPhone, emphasizing that virtually every significant aspect of its entirely new experience and industrial design was protected by patents. So far, however, the U.S. patent system has provided inconsistent protections for Apple inventions, while at the same time supporting dubious patent monetization schemes brought against the company.


Apple patent application shows off space-saving, magnetically-secured SIM tray

10/10/2013, 07:10 pm

A new patent application from Apple reveals that the company is working on mechanisms that will eliminate the need for a SIM ejector tool and its resulting internal hardware, potentially allowing the iPhone maker to build future handsets with even slimmer form factors.


White House declines to stop ban on Samsung products in Apple patent case

10/08/2013, 10:10 am

The White House on Tuesday declined to intervene and prevent a ban on the sale of certain Samsung products accused of infringing on Apple patents.


Product ban looms for Samsung in patent spat with Apple

10/07/2013, 01:10 pm

An ITC import ban on some older models of Samsung smartphones will go into effect at 12 a.m. Eastern on Oct. 8, unless the Obama administration vetoes the action as it did for Apple.


Apple investigating advanced velocity-sensitive touch input methods

10/03/2013, 02:10 pm

Apple's touchscreens can measure not only where you tap, but also how hard you tap — and that velocity sensing functionality may become even more advanced in the future, a new patent application reveals.


Apple successfully patents Shanghai Apple Store's glass cylinder entryway

10/01/2013, 05:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for the design and construction of the massive glass cylinder building that serves as the entrance to its Apple Store in Shanghai.


Apple tech lets fans collect digital autographs on ebooks, movies and music albums

09/26/2013, 05:09 am

A peculiar Apple invention landed on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's desk on Thursday, describing a method in which an author or artist can digitally autograph a fan's ebook or other digital media using a special app.


Apple experimenting with multitouch swipe gestures for keyboard in iOS

09/24/2013, 04:09 am

Since iOS debuted in 2007 with the iPhone, Apple has been reluctant to incorporate specialized gestures for the platform's virtual keyboard, but a newly awarded patent reveals such functionality may be incorporated in a future version of the operating system.


Future iPhones could use 'life events' to manage hardware, software settings

09/17/2013, 06:09 am

Apple is looking into technology that would allow an iPhone to detect events in a user's everyday life, like going to church or changes in weather, and automatically reconfigure hardware and software settings to fit the situation.


Apple looks to geolocation for enhanced speech recognition

09/12/2013, 08:09 am

As Siri virtual assistant stands to gain hordes of new users around the world with the iPhone 5s and 5c, Apple is looking to improve accurate voice recognition through geolocation and localized language models.


Apple filing hints that sapphire may play larger role in future iOS devices

09/12/2013, 06:09 am

Apple may be looking to expand the use of sapphire in its iOS lineup, as a new company filing points to larger applications than covers for fingerprint sensors and camera covers, like entire device displays.


Apple, Motorola argue for reopening of dismissed patent suit

09/11/2013, 04:09 pm

Apple and Motorola were back in court again on Wednesday, arguing before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as to whether the two company's patent dispute should be reopened again for retrial.