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Topic: patents

Apple looks to automate locking, unlocking iDevices with facial recognition

09/20/2012, 07:09 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published Apple's patent application for a system that can both lock and unlock an iDevice based on automatic facial analysis.


Apple 'shake to charge' technology may one day power iPhones, iPods

09/20/2012, 06:09 am

A new Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday illustrates the company's take on powering portable electronic devices with an electromagnetic induction system, or "shake to charge."


Apple to seek $3 billion in damages from Samsung - report

09/19/2012, 09:09 am

Though a jury suggested Samsung pay Apple just over $1 billion for patent infringement, the iPhone maker plans to ask a judge for three times that amount, according to a new report.


US ITC to investigate Apple's products in response to Motorola complaint

09/18/2012, 12:09 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it has voted to investigate Apple's lineup of products, including the iPhone, iPad and Macs, in response to a complaint lodged by Google-owned Motorola Mobility.


Apple granted patent for iPhone 4 'antennagate' antenna design

09/18/2012, 06:09 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a bezel gap antenna that appears to have been used in the iPhone 4, a design which ultimately sparked the notorious "antennagate" debacle in 2010.


Judge vacates and denies Samsung's motion to dissolve U.S. Galaxy Tab ban

09/18/2012, 12:09 am

Judge Lucy Koh on Monday filed an order denying Samsung's motion to dissolve Apple's sales ban against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and in doing so vacated the Sept. 20 hearing at which both parties were scheduled to discuss the matter.


US ITC judge rules Apple does not violate Samsung patents

09/14/2012, 03:09 pm

A judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Friday in favor of Apple, finding that the iPhone maker did not infringe on patents owned by rival Samsung.


Apple wins rubberbanding patent case against Motorola in Germany

09/13/2012, 04:09 pm

Apple has won a key patent case against Android in Germany against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility, following a similar win against Samsung in the U.S.


Apple seeks patent for iPad Smart Cover packaging designed by Jony Ive

09/13/2012, 01:09 pm

Apple's design chief Jony Ive is one of the inventors credited with designing the packaging for the magnetic iPad Smart Cover.


Apple Smart Cover patent reveals 'peek mode' tech

09/11/2012, 05:09 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for the Smart Cover accessory introduced alongside the iPad 2, with the IP not only covering the magnet-based technology associated with the foldable protective design, but also a function called "peek mode."


Rumor: Samsung to sue Apple over LTE-compatible next-gen iPhone

09/10/2012, 08:09 pm

Citing "ranking officials," The Korea Times on Monday reported that Samsung is preparing to sue Apple for using 4G LTE patents in its next-generation iPhone shortly after the smartphone's expected launch this week.


Apple and HTC report no progress in settlement talks over ITC complaint

09/10/2012, 06:09 pm

In a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission, Apple and HTC confirm they have held two settlement meetings since Aug. 13 and while the talks have yet to yield a deal, the two parties plan continue discussions.


Apple's chief counsel profiled as 'field marshal' in fight against Android

09/10/2012, 10:09 am

Noreen Krall, Apple's chief litigation counsel, is the subject of a new feature that profiles her as the most important member of Apple's team in its patent battles against devices running Google's Android operating system.


South Korea called "courageous" for investigating Samsung's patent abuse

09/07/2012, 04:09 pm

Samsung's "enormous political clout" in South Korea speaks well of the decision by the nation's Fair Trade Commission to investigate allegations of its standards essential patent abuse.


Judge denies Apple motion to reschedule post-trial decisions

09/06/2012, 04:09 pm

Apple v. Samsung presiding Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday issued an order denying Apple's request to rearrange the schedule of post-trial hearings, allowing a hearing on Samsung's motion to dissolve the existing Galaxy Tab ban to come before a decision on motions to overrule the jury's decision.


Apple investigating syncing between iPhone and car

09/06/2012, 10:09 am

Apple iOS chief Scott Forstall is among the list of inventors in a new patent application related to syncing an iPhone with a vehicle.


Apple's virtual keyboard tech could lead to backside input for tablets

09/06/2012, 06:09 am

A newly-published Apple patent application reveals the company is investigating a system that helps users efficiently employ the touch type method, or typing on a keyboard without looking at one's hands, by dynamically remapping a keyboard's keys. The fiing also mentions that a backside sensor array can be embedded in a tablet to create a secondary input surface.


Apple and Samsung set to meet in four German trials, two patent hearings

09/05/2012, 10:09 pm

While post-trial proceedings are well underway in the landmark Apple v. Samsung California case, the two tech giants are scheduled to continue their worldwide patent dispute in Germany, with four trials and two hearings coming up before the end of October.


Apple wins appeal, court rules 'Cover Flow' doesn't violate patents

09/04/2012, 03:09 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington sided with Apple on Tuesday, ruling features including "Cover Flow" in its OS X operating system did not infringe on patents owned by Mirror World.


Apple patent could lead to carbon fiber MacBook housings

09/04/2012, 06:09 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a carbon fiber molding process that could one day be used to produce parts made from the lightweight material, like laptop casings or mobile device chassis.