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Topic: patents

Apple invents centralized Apple Store floor plan management system

01/03/2013, 08:01 am

A patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday offers a look into how Apple manages retail store operations worldwide, from dynamic product signage to customized floor plan layouts.

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Apple applies for iOS 'Notification Center' patent years after Google's 'Notification Bar'

01/03/2013, 07:01 am

A filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals that Apple is looking to patent the iOS Notification Center, a feature similar to Google's Notification Bar which allows mobile device users to keep tabs on a multitude of apps from a central hub.

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Apple says Samsung should halt US litigation after withdrawing EU complaints

01/02/2013, 05:01 pm

In a response filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, Apple accuses Samsung of filing a motion to strike to avoid "inconvenient facts" regarding company's conflicting decisions to withdraw SEP-related litigation in Europe but continue pursuit of identical claims in America.

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ITC judge: Samsung should post massive bond ahead of US sales ban

12/30/2012, 03:12 am

Samsung products found to infringe on certain Apple patents may be subject to a sales ban if the U.S. International Trade Commission affirms and adopts an initial determination filed by one of its administrative law judges, who also recommended the Korean company post a huge bond worth 88 percent of its U.S. smartphone sales.

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Apple agrees to drop patent claims against Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

12/28/2012, 04:12 pm

A court document filed on Friday revealed that Apple is dropping all claims against Samsung's Galaxy S III Mini smartphone after the Korean company said it has no plans to formally import and sell the handset in the U.S.

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Apple looking into motion-controlled mouse for Mac

12/27/2012, 06:12 am

A patent filing published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details an Apple invention pertaining to a computer input device that uses motion gestures, like tilting, brushing and tapping to manipulate a computer's GUI.

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Apple's wind turbine technology uses heat, not rotational energy to generate electricity

12/27/2012, 06:12 am

In a rare non-computing related patent filing discovered on Thursday, Apple proposes a wind turbine that generates electricity from converting heat energy rather than rotational energy created by the rotation of the unit's blades.

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Apple granted rights to new process for creating high-quality curved glass

12/26/2012, 12:12 pm

While curved glass enclosures have emerged as a hallmark of Samsung's latest smartphone designs, it was revealed this week that Apple has also expressed interest in the subject, developing a safer and more cost-effective manufacturing process that would allow the company to create thinner, higher-quality convex enclosure for devices as small as an iPhone but as large as a Thunderbolt display.

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Apple wins key patent for SIM connector designs in mobile products

12/26/2012, 10:12 am

Apple this week was granted a patent for the design of SIM card connectors found in most mobile devices, a critical step for the company not only in terms of its future mobile hardware initiative but also its capacity to fend off ongoing opposition from rivals over the evolution of the technology.

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Samsung sues Apple in Korea over iOS Notification Center

12/22/2012, 01:12 am

Samsung has reportedly launched a new lawsuit against Apple's implementation of the iOS Notification Center, saying that the feature infringes on an active patent.

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European Commission slaps Samsung with formal antitrust complaint

12/22/2012, 12:12 am

The European Union's executive body on Friday formally accused Samsung of abusing its dominant market position to gain a foothold in legal disputes being waged against Apple, a complaint the South Korean electronics giant tried to avoid by pulling out of such litigation in Europe.

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Motorola patent being enforced against Apple's iCloud invalidated by UK judge

12/21/2012, 06:12 pm

Google's Motorola on Friday lost its UK patent infringement case against Microsoft after a High Court judge invalidated a property currently being used as the basis of an injunction against Apple's iCloud in Germany.

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Apple appeals ruling that shot down Samsung injunction

12/20/2012, 05:12 pm

In a court filing on Thursday, Apple announced its intent to appeal a ruling handed down from Apple v. Samsung Judge Lucy Koh denying a Samsung product ban, saying that the issue will be taken to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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European Union to officially charge Samsung in antitrust case

12/20/2012, 11:12 am

Samsung will soon face formal charges in an antitrust case from the European Commission, which claims the South Korean company broke competition rules by filing patent lawsuits against Apple.

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Increase in Apple patent invalidations stems from 2011 law

12/20/2012, 09:12 am

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, passed in 2011, is the cause of a recent increase in Apple-patent invalidations by the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

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Apple files for patent Passbook's digital coupon feature, hints at NFC

12/20/2012, 06:12 am

In a patent filing discovered on Thursday, Apple provides an in-depth look at the inner workings of its Passbook app -- the digital coupon, ticket and gift card storage solution which comes pre-installed on all new iPhone and iPod touch products.

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Patent filings detail Retina MacBook Pro's quiet asymmetric fans

12/20/2012, 06:12 am

A trio of patent applications discovered on Thursday reveal how the asymmetric fan blade spacing used in the newest MacBook Pro with Retina display models quiet the spinning impeller without sacrificing performance.

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Apple 'pinch-to-zoom' patent invalidated by USPTO

12/19/2012, 04:12 pm

An Apple v. Samsung court filing on Wednesday reveals that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidated Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" patent, a property key to the trial as its claims were the basis of some of the $1.05 billion in damages won by the Cupertino company.

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Kodak sells $525M patent portfolio to consortiums led by Apple & Google

12/19/2012, 09:12 am

Kodak on Wednesday announced it has sold its collection of digital imaging patents for $525 million to two groups led separately by Apple and Google.

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Apple cleared of infringing on Motorola patent in ITC case

12/18/2012, 07:12 pm

A U.S. International Trade Commission judge issued a ruling on Tuesday exonerating Apple of infringing on a Motorola owned patent involving embedded proximity sensors in mobile handsets.

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