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Apple wins patents for transparent AR device, device with wrap-around display

06/14/2016, 04:06 am

Apple on Tuesday won a pair of patents relating to advanced mobile devices including a property covering transparent augmented reality devices and IP detailing a mobile electronic device with flexible wrap-around display.

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New Apple wearable display patent may point to future Apple Watch generations

06/09/2016, 11:06 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday suggests the company is interested in flexible, wearable displays, possibly with a future incarnation of the Apple Watch in mind.

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ITC investigates Apple & AT&T over haptic patent complaints by Immersion

06/07/2016, 03:06 pm

On Tuesday the U.S. International Trade Commission launched an investigation into Apple and AT&T, following up on a complaint by San Jose's Immersion that various products are violating its haptic feedback patents.

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Apple patents liquid resistant speaker port, bone conducting headphones

06/07/2016, 03:06 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering water-resistant iPhone speakers, hinting at a potential ruggedized handset, as well as a property detailing bone conduction technology that might one day deliver advanced noise cancellation to EarPods headsets.

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Patent office gives Apple upper-hand in Smartflash lawsuit by invalidating two patents

06/02/2016, 04:06 pm

The invalidation of two more Smartflash patents may put Apple in a good position to avoid paying a $532.9 million patent verdict rendered in February 2015, a report claimed on Thursday.

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Caltech sues Apple & Broadcom over alleged Wi-Fi patent infringements

05/30/2016, 03:05 pm

Apple and one of its long-time Wi-Fi chip suppliers, Broadcom, violated several patents on Wi-Fi technology owned by the California Institute of Technology, according to a lawsuit launched this month.

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VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add $190 million to patent payout

05/26/2016, 12:05 pm

Intensifying its patent infringement case against Apple, VirnetX has asked a Texas court to order an injunction against FaceTime, iMessage, and a VPN feature, while simultaneously asking for greater damage payments on top of $625.6 million awarded earlier this year.

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Apple invention turns Lightning headphones into smart walkie-talkies

05/26/2016, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a somewhat unusual Apple invention detailing a communications platform that ditches cellular in favor of direct, point-to-point network technology.

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Apple imagines citywide ground-based navigation infrastructure to augment, replace GPS

05/17/2016, 06:05 am

In a patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company imagines entire cities outfitted with low-power wireless transmitters capable of sending pinpoint-accurate location data, as well as dynamic environmental alerts, to iPhones and in-car navigation systems.

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Apple smart home invention uses pattern recognition to solve multi-user dwelling issues

05/12/2016, 06:05 am

An Apple patent application revealed Thursday outlines plans for an automated smart home system that tracks individual users through their connected devices, detects common patterns and compiles events for triggering thermostats, lights, door locks and more.

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VoIP-Pal serves Apple in $2.8B patent infringement suit over iMessage & Wi-Fi Calling

05/10/2016, 01:05 pm

Patent holder VoIP-Pal on Tuesday announced that it has formally served Apple in an infringement lawsuit, claiming over $2.8 billion in damages from concepts used in services like Wi-Fi Calling and iMessage.

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Apple imagines future Siri enhancements to find, control live television content

05/10/2016, 11:05 am

If Apple ever gets its long-rumored web television service for Apple TV off the ground, a newly-issued patent shows that users may depend on voice navigation to find, watch, and record shows and events.

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Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, 'eraser' & more

05/03/2016, 05:05 am

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.

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No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

04/28/2016, 10:04 am

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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Apple invention prevents headphone audio dropouts in hybrid wired/wireless designs

04/21/2016, 04:04 am

An Apple patent application covering a wireless hybrid headphone system was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, suggesting the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Apple patents ultra-compact folding telephoto lens for mobile devices

04/19/2016, 12:04 pm

The days of being forced to deal with a bulbous camera bump to enjoy optical zoom in a smartphone may soon be over, as Apple has invented a new variety of compact telephoto lens system.

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Apple invents modular Apple Watch accessories that link together, connect via diagnostics port

03/31/2016, 05:03 am

A trio of Apple inventions published Thursday detail advanced strap designs with embedded electronic devices that connect via Apple Watch's diagnostics port, suggesting the wearable might soon support wireless charging battery packs, GPS receivers and more.

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Apple claims reversal of $120M verdict against Samsung violates US Constitution

03/30/2016, 11:03 am

In reversing a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung for patent infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit stepped beyond the bounds of the Constitution, a lawyer for Apple argued this week.

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Apple patent for stackable Smart Connector plugs improves iPad versatility

03/29/2016, 04:03 am

An Apple patent published Tuesday details work on a magnetic connector interface akin to the recently introduced Smart Connector, but instead of being limited to one accessory, the proposed design can stack plugs to mate with and support multiple peripherals.

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US Supreme Court to tackle money owed in Apple v. Samsung patent fight

03/21/2016, 10:03 am

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Samsung appeal in the legal battle over how much it owes Apple for infringing iPhone patents, it was revealed on Monday.

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