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Topic: patents

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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Apple wins patent for first iPhone, designed by Jobs & Ive

12/18/2012, 12:12 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple a patent for the design of the first-generation iPhone, released in 2007, and created in part by Steve Jobs and Jony Ive.

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Samsung drops injunction applications against Apple in 5 European countries

12/18/2012, 09:12 am

Samsung announced on Tuesday it will drop patent injunction applications filed against Apple in five different European countries, though a number of lawsuits alleging patent infringement remain.

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Apple secures system-on-chip patent protecting future A-series processors

12/18/2012, 06:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a short but important patent relating to system-on-chip (SoC) design and manufacture, with the property likely aimed at protecting the company's A-series mobile processors.

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Apple wins patent for OS X Preview app functionality

12/18/2012, 05:12 am

Apple on Tuesday won a patent for an early version of Preview, the Mac application that can display and perform keyword searches in documents without having to open the software that created them.

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Judge denies Apple motion for Samsung device injunction, tosses jury misconduct claims

12/17/2012, 10:12 pm

Apple on Monday was denied a motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung products found to be in infringement of certain design and utility patents, while a Samsung motion for a retrial on the basis of jury misconduct was also denied.

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ITC judge clears Apple, Intel, HP of patent infringement allegations

12/14/2012, 10:12 pm

A U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Friday ruled in favor of defendants Apple, Intel and HP in a case pertaining to processor patent technology asserted by X2Y Attenuators LLC, a small technology firm.

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Apple and LG cleared of infringing on Alcatel-Lucent patents

12/13/2012, 05:12 pm

A federal jury on Thursday found products made by Apple and LG do not infringe on video compression patents asserted by Alcatel-Lucent's Multimedia Patent Trust, bringing an end to the nearly two-year long case.

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Jury rules Apple's iPhone infringes on three MobileMedia patents [u]

12/13/2012, 11:12 am

A U.S. District Court has ruled that Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents owned by non-practicing entity MobileMedia Ideas a company jointly owned in part by smartphone makers Sony and Nokia [updated]

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Apple's smart call waiting system automatically puts incoming calls on hold, supports voice to text

12/13/2012, 05:12 am

A filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday revealed Apple's invention for an intelligent call waiting system that uses contextual clues to play back pre-defined "please hold" messages or translate voice mails into text.

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Apple invention uses 'faceprints' to identify people, objects

12/13/2012, 05:12 am

In a patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple outlined a system that analyzes the characteristics of an image's subject and uses the data to create a "faceprint," which can then be matched with other photos to determine a person's identity.

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Apple granted design patents for iPhone 4/4S and iCloud icon

12/11/2012, 05:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple the design rights for the iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the distinctive cloud icon used to represent the iCloud service in iOS and OS X.

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Apple patents method for intelligent caller ID image selection

12/11/2012, 05:12 am

Apple has won a patent for the method in which pictures are assigned to incoming calls, offering a twist to the common feature seen on most cellular devices since the introduction of the camera phone.

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Apple and Google reportedly partners in $500M bid for Kodak patents

12/07/2012, 11:12 pm

Despite ongoing legal struggles with Google subsidiary Motorola, Apple has reportedly teamed up with the internet search giant to offer a bid for Kodak patents worth over $500 million.

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