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Topic: patents

Apple's ceramic device housing could be used in low-cost iPhone

03/28/2013, 06:03 am

Apple is again expressing interest in ceramic device enclosures, this time looking at a unibody type design fabricated from layers of the substrate in a technique somewhat akin to those used in laying up fiberglass, a material which one analyst believes will be used in a rumored low-cost iPhone.


Apple looking into futuristic iPhone with wrap-around display and seamless glass housing

03/28/2013, 04:03 am

In a patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple describes a futuristic portable device complete with wrap-around AMOLED display, all-glass construction and face tracking.


Apple points out possible $85M court error in order vacating Samsung damages

03/27/2013, 01:03 am

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple claims Judge Lucy Koh made an error in vacating part of the $1.02 billion in damages awarded by the Apple v. Samsung trial jury, noting that two of Samsung's products look to be subject to the verdict.


Apple patents 'no look' multitouch user interface for portable devices

03/26/2013, 04:03 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a device control mode in which a user can interact with a multitouch display even when no content is being shown on screen, thereby saving battery life when a GUI is not needed.


Apple's reissued pen computer patent adds cellular connectivity, could hint at future mobile device

03/26/2013, 04:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reissued Apple a patent for a mobile computer encased in a pen, adding cellular and GPS capabilities to the invention first filed for internationally in 1998.


Samsung hopes new jury trial with Apple will nullify patent infringement of 14 products

03/21/2013, 09:03 am

With 40 percent of the billion-dollar patent infringement verdict against it put on hold, Samsung is now asking for the court to appoint a new jury to determine whether 14 of its products infringed Apple's products at all a move that could lead to a lower overall monetary judgment.


Apple looks to protect dropped iPhones by shifting their orientation mid-flight

03/21/2013, 05:03 am

An Apple invention discovered on Thursday describes a system that could potentially save the most fragile components of an iPhone, such as the glass screen, by detecting when a device is falling and shifting the handset's center of mass to control its landing.


Sony, Phillips backed Intertrust sues Apple for alleged patent infringement

03/20/2013, 03:03 pm

Intertrust Technologies, a company owned almost entirely by Sony and Philips, has filed suit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone maker has violated 15 Intertrust patents with the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple's Mac line of computers.


Foreign governments getting into profitable US 'patent troll' business

03/20/2013, 09:03 am

So-called "patent trolls" can earn millions of dollars by being a costly thorn in the side of companies like Apple. Now, the governments of countries including South Korea and France have shown interest in getting into that business to protect domestic firms, and also potentially make money.


Apple's patent for a remote collaboration system uses digital pens and 'large digital surfaces'

03/19/2013, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent that improves on large displays, like Microsoft's original Surface project, by adding digital pens and the internet, to give users a powerful, cost-effective collaboration tool that can be used to hold interactive meetings almost anywhere.


Apple's interactive augmented reality system identifies real-world objects, allows screen sharing

03/19/2013, 05:03 am

Apple on Tuesday won a patent for an augmented reality (AR) system that can identify objects in a live video stream and present information corresponding to said objects through a computer generated information layer overlaid on top of the real-world image.


Apple sued by THX for allegedly misusing patented speaker tech in iPhone, iPad and iMac

03/16/2013, 12:03 am

THX, the sound innovation company founded by George Lucas, filed suit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, claiming that various models of the iPhone, iPad and iMac product lineups infringe on a single speaker patent for a "narrow profile speaker."


Google calls Apple 'unwilling licensee' in bid for injunction over FRAND patent violations

03/15/2013, 07:03 pm

Google and Motorola on Thursday entered an initial filing with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals over the dismissal of a patent suit against Apple, which saw a circuit court judge toss arguments from both parties in 2011.


Google cites quote from Steve Jobs biography in attempt to win iPhone import ban

03/15/2013, 05:03 pm

In its attempts to garner an iPhone import ban from the U.S. ITC, Google continues to assert the viability of a Motorola utility patent regarding proximity sensors despite having the argument denied twice by an administrative law judge.


Apple proposes 'on-the-go' wireless charging via iPad Smart Cover with built-in battery

03/14/2013, 05:03 am

An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday reveals that the company is actively investigating wireless charging for its line of portable devices, but proposes to use the technology in a slightly different way than existing solutions.


ITC delays decision on Samsung patent claims against Apple until May

03/13/2013, 06:03 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday announced that it will delay final judgment of assertions that Apple infringed on certain FRAND patents owned by Samsung when it made the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


Apple patents reliable social networking system that tracks 'stalkers' and 'spammers'

03/12/2013, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a social networking system that institutes a number of database-level features to ensure reliable "friend states," or how users interact with each other.


Judge to allow Apple's 'Siri' suit against Samsung to continue, orders case to be streamlined

03/08/2013, 10:03 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Friday ruled that an Apple lawsuit against Samsung over Siri patents can continue, despite questioning whether or not the proceedings should be suspended until an appeal related to the Apple v. Samsung trial is completed.


US interests, struggles with Apple spark Samsung lobbying push

03/07/2013, 10:03 am

Samsung, following its landmark patent infringement loss to chief rival Apple, has more than redoubled its efforts to influence the federal government on a range of issues, including intellectual property laws.


Apple wins 3G patent battle with Samsung in UK court ruling

03/07/2013, 08:03 am

Apple this week secured another patent win over rival Samsung, this time in a U.K. court over a standard-essential patent related to 3G connectivity.